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Identification and Creation
Object Number
2012.1.148
Title
Intaglio: Bearded Male Head
Classification
Gems
Work Type
gem
Date
1st-4th Century
Period
Roman Imperial period
Culture
Roman
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/76720
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Agate
Technique
Intaglio
Dimensions
1.4 cm (9/16 in.)
Provenance
Eleftherios Sossidi, Hamburg, (between 1955-65 - 1990's), sold; [through Sotheby's sale 7742, New York, December 7, 2001, lot 314]; to The Alice Corinne McDaniel Collection, Department of the Classics, Harvard University (2001-2012), transfer; to the Harvard Art Museums, 2012.

Note: E. Sossidi (1913-1992) worked in Cairo from 1958-1968.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Transfer from the Alice Corinne McDaniel Collection, Department of the Classics, Harvard University
Accession Year
2012
Object Number
2012.1.148
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
Banded agate intaglio, carved on only one side, with the head of a bearded man, facing left, head covered by a veil. There is a symbol, perhaps a scythe, behind his head.
Commentary
The veil covering the man's head indicates that he is a priest or is performing some type of religious function.

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