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Intaglio with Bust Wearing an Aegis
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Intaglio with Bust Wearing an Aegis

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Description This intaglio depicts a bust with wings in its hair and wearing armor in profile to the left. The image has been historically identified as Medusa but may also represent a ruler in the guise of a conqueror.
Provenance Arthur Evans, Oxford, by 1938 [mode of acquistion unknown] [Evans inv. no. 138; said to be from Rome]; Jacob Hirsch, Munich, 1941 [executor of Evans' will]; Walters Art Museum, 1942, by purchase.
Credit Museum purchase, 1942

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late 1st century BCE-early 1st century CE (Early Roman Imperial)
glass; mount: gold
(Precious Stones & Gems)
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with mount: 1 9/16 x 1 3/16 x 3/16 in. (4 x 3 x 0.6 cm)
  • Italy, Rome (Place of Discovery)


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