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Round gem with lion-headed deity holding a whip and a globe

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Intaglio. A male solar deity with a human body and a lion's head. Seven rays project from the lion head. He holds a globe in his left hand, and a whip in his right. A cloak (chlamys) is fastened on his right shoulder. The figure is similar to other deities with animal heads that appear on...

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By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought in Smyrna.); December 1901: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution

Roman, Imperial Period, mid 2nd–3rd century


Length x width: 35.5 x 25 mm (1 3/8 x 1 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Rock crystal


The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Gems