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Sard intaglio portrait of a woman

Attributed to Solon and his circle
Period:
Augustan
Date:
late 1st century B.C.
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Brownish Sard
Dimensions:
diameter 1 in. (2.5 cm)
Classification:
Gems
Credit Line:
Purchase, Charles Butt Gift, 1997
Accession Number:
1997.184
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 166
Many of the finest Late Hellenistic and Early Imperial gems were signed by their makers. This one is unsigned, but the treatment of the eye, straight nose, broad cheeks, and rounded chin, combined with the general aspect of classicism, is typical of gems engraved and signed by the master craftsman Solon. It may have been cut by him or by one of his circle.
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