This is an ancient Roman hardstone cameo of Apollo, dating to the 1st century BC/AD. The gem is nicely cut on a three-layer agate. The hair is cut on the brown layer, which overlays the cream/white layer of the face, again with an orange layer for the lips and eyes. The size of this gem would indicate it was originally set into a finger-ring. Apollo is the god of healing, medicine, archery, music, poetry and the sun. It is a very nice Augustan period piece, original and in excavated condition.
DATE: c. 1st century BC - 1st century AD (50 BC - 50 AD)
SIZE: 15.22mm x 11.62mm x 4.67mm
WEIGHT: 1.14 grams
PROVENANCE: Formerly in a private collection. London.
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