Roman hardstone cameo of a bearded male head

Roman hardstone cameo of a bearded male head

Code: 11009

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This is an ancient Roman agate hardstone cameo, dating to the 2nd - 3rd century A.D. The cameo is cut on a grey/white layer of the agate, against a brown contrasting background. It is a well-sculpted piece, with good facial features and the classic drilled eyes giving a depth of gaze. Being an ancient gem it bears traces of burial, with a chip to the nose and a few ancient fissures to the stone. Such a gem would have once been set into a gold ring or pendant.

OBJECT: Cameo

CULTURE: Roman

DATE: c. 2nd - 3rd century A.D.

MATERIALAgate

SIZE: 18mm x 13mm x 10mm

WEIGHT: 2.95 grams

PROVENANCE: Ex. Private Collection, Yorkshire.