Intaglio with Male Portrait Bust

Intaglio with Male Portrait Bust

500s

Amethyst with gold mount

Overall: 4.3 x 2.5 cm (1 11/16 x 1 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1954.4

Fun Fact

While the identity of this man is unknown, his portrait, carved into this gem, preserves his likeness. His family may have commissioned this artwork to remember him by. Do you have any keepsakes that remind you of family members?

See also
Collection: 
MED - Byzantine
Department: 
Medieval Art
Type of artwork: 
Glyptic

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