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Cameo "Sardonyx"

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Bust of Augustus (27 B.C. to A.D. 14) to right, wearing laurel wreath. (The glass imitates sardonyx: white for the portrait; green for the wreath; and blue for the background.)


Said to come from Istanbul according to MFA archival card; by date unknown: with Petro Hanazoglou; gift of Petro Hanazoglou to MFA, October 17, 1963

Credit Line

Gift of Petro Hanazoglou

Roman, Imperial Period, 1st century A.D.


Length: 32 mm (1 1/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Glass paste


The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Cameos