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Moss agate ring stone

Period:
Imperial
Date:
ca. 2nd century A.D.
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Agate, moss
Dimensions:
Length: 3/4 in. (1.9 cm)
Classification:
Gems
Credit Line:
Bequest of W. Gedney Beatty, 1941
Accession Number:
41.160.483
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
portrait bust of a bearded man facing a larger portrait bust of a woman

The coiffure of the woman points to the time of the Younger Faustina (died A.D. 175), wife of the emperor Marcus Aurelius (r. A.D. 161-180).
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1956[1920]. Catalogue of Engraved Gems of the Classical Style: Greek Etruscan, and Roman. no. 491, p. 107, pl. 59, Rome: L'Erma di Bretschneider.

Schlüter, Margildis, Gertrud Horster, and Peter Zazoff. 1975. Antike Gemmen in deutschen Sammlungen: Hannover, Kestner-Museum, Hamburg, Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Vol. 4. p. 296, Wiesbaden: Franz Steiner Verlag.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 2006[1920]. Catalogue of Engraved Gems of the Classical Style: Greek Etruscan, and Roman, 2nd edn. no. 491, p. 107, pl. 59, Rome: L'Erma di Bretschneider.

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