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Cameo with Livia holding a bust of Augustus (?)

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Bust of Livia in the guise of Venus Genetrix, with closely clinging drapery slipping off her left shoulder. Beside her is a youthful male head, which must originally have belonged to a bust or full-length figure, alternately identified as a bust of the deified Augustus, or as one of her sons,...

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By the 18th century: Bessborough Collection; 18th century: Duke of Marlborough Collection; by 1875: David Bromilow collection; by 1899: collection of Mrs. Jary; 1899: with Christie, Manson & Woods, 8 King Street, St. James's Square, London (auction of the Marlborough Collection, June 26-29, 1899, lot 403); 1899: with Edward Perry Warren; 1899: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 16,502.52 (this figure is the total price for MFA 99.101-99.119)

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund

Roman, Imperial Period, A.D. 14–37

Catalogue Raisonné

Highlights: Classical Art (MFA), p. 174-175.


Overall: 3.1 x 3.8 x 1.6 cm (1 1/4 x 1 1/2 x 5/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Cameos