This is an ancient Roman hardstone cameo of Jupiter (Zeus) dating to the 1st - 2nd century AD. The gem is nicely cut on a layered agate, with the portrait on a white layer contrasting with a grey/blue background. The gem is ancient and has in buried as such displays fine striations. The portrait is well cut with detail to the beard and hair. A nice ancient gem in excavated condition.
DATE: c. 1st - 2nd century AD
SIZE: 25mm x 16mm x 7mm
WEIGHT: 4.4 grams
PROVENANCE: Formerly in a European private collection, France.
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