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Intaglio with Head of a Man Set in a Ring
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Intaglio with Head of a Man Set in a Ring


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Description This intaglio shows the head of a beardless, youthful man, possibly Octavian who later became the emperor Augustus (r. 27 BCE-14 CE), in profile to the left.
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Date Description Narrative
4/13/1970Treatmentcleaned
Provenance George Spencer, fourth Duke Marlborough, Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire, by 1817, [mode of acquisition unknown] [Marlborough no. 379]; George Spencer-Churchill, fifth Duke of Marlborough, Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire, 1817, by bequest; George Spencer-Churchill, sixth Duke of Marlborough, Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire, 1840, by bequest; John Spencer-Churchill, seventh Duke of Marlborough, Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire, 1857, by bequest; Sale, The Marlborough Gems, Christie, Manson & Woods, London, 28 June 1875, p. 61, lot 379 [as “Lepidus”]; David Bromilow, Bitteswell Hall, Leicestershire, ca. 1875, by purchase; Julia Bromilow Jary, Bitteswell Hall, Leicestershire, 1898, by bequest; Sale, The Marlborough Gems Purchased by the Late David Bromilow, esq., Christie, Manson & Woods, London, 26 June 1899, p. 69, lot 379; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1899, by purchase [Dikran Kelekian as agent]; Sadie Jones (Mrs. Henry Walters), New York, 1931, by bequest; Joseph Brummer, Paris and New York, 1941, by purchase [Brummer inv. no. N5143a]; Walters Art Museum, 1942, by purchase.
Credit Museum purchase [formerly part of the Walters Collection], 1942

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Period
1st century BCE (Late Hellenistic-early Roman Imperial)
Medium
carnelian; mount: brass
(Precious Stones & Gems)
Accession Number
42.1133
Measurements
intaglio with setting: 9/16 x 1/2 x 1/8 in. (1.36 x 1.3 x 0.34 cm); ring: 13/16 in. (2 cm) (diam.)
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