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Cameo with portrait bust of Germanicus

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White on brown layered onyx. Cameo, in modern gold setting. Bust of Germanicus in profile to the right. Germanicus Julius Caesar (15 BC – AD 19) was the great-nephew and step-grandson of Augustus, the first Roman emperor. The bust was restored in gold in the 16th century.

Provenance

By date unknown: Ludovisi Collection; by date unknown: Count Michel Tyszkiewicz Collection; 1898: auction of the M. Tyszkiewicz Collection, Hotel des Commissaires-Priseurs, 9 rue Drouot, Paris, June 8-10, lot 272; by 1898: with Edward Perry Warren; 1898: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 69,618.13 (this figure is the total price for MFA 98.641-98.940)

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund

Roman, Imperial Period, early 1st century

Dimensions

Overall: 2.2 x 3 x 0.7 cm (7/8 x 1 3/16 x 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

98.753

Medium or Technique

Sardonyx

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Cameos