This is an ancient Roman hardstone cameo of Germanicus, dating to the 1st century BC. The gem is nicely cut on a layered onyx, the polychrome has been affected by intense heat from a fire or pyroclastic blast (as we find on coins and jewellery from Pompeii). The gem is original and untouched and very rare.
DATE: c. 1st century BC - 1st century AD (50 BC - 50 AD)
SIZE: 13.96mm x 11.47mm x 4.94mm
WEIGHT: 1.08 grams
PROVENANCE: Formerly in a private collection. London.
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