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Rectangular gem with bust of Eastern ruler

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Intaglio. Bust of a man, facing left. He has short hair, mostly covered by an Eastern style head-dress. He has a weak chin and a long, hooked nose, and wears a garment (chlamys) fastened at his shoulder. The head-dress has a front visor, a side flap that is folded over the crown of the head, and...

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By 1913: with Edward Perry Warren (according to J. D. Beazley, The Lewes House Collection of Ancient Gems, no. 99: Bought from W. T. Ready in 1913.); April 5, 1926: loaned to MFA by Edward Perry Warren (as 65.26); November 17, 1927: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 161,000.00 (this figure is the total price for MFA 27.647-27.761)

Credit Line

Francis Bartlett Donation of 1912

Greek, Hellenistic Period (or Modern?), 3rd century B.C.(?)

Catalogue Raisonné

Lewes House Gems, no. 099 (1920; 2002, additional published references).


Length: 23 mm (7/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Gems