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Cameo with portrait bust of Septimius Severus

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Brown on white layered onyx. Cameo. Bust of the Roman emperor Septimius Severus (reigned AD 193 – 211), in profile to the right. He wears a radiate crown and a brooch fastens his cloak (paludamentum) over his right shoulder. The ringlets in his beard are a distinctive feature of his...

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By 1899: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: it came by a specially good route to Rome & from Rome to us [Warren] 1899.); 1899: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 32,500.00 (this is the total price for MFA 99.338-99.542)

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund

Roman, Imperial Period, late 2nd–3rd century


Overall (setting): 3.9 x 2.5 cm (1 9/16 x 1 in.) Overall (cameo): 2.3 x 3 cm (7/8 x 1 3/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Cameos