This is an ancient Roman agate hardstone cameo, dating to the 3rd century A.D. The cameo is cut on a white layer of the agate, against a grey background of a veined agate. Being an ancient gem it bears traces of burial, with a chip behind the head (likely when it was levered from a gold ring).
DATE: c. 3rd century A.D.
SIZE: 11.2mm x 8mm x 2.5mm
WEIGHT: 0.3 grams
PROVENANCE: Ex. Private Collection, Kingersheim. France.
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