Cameo with a portrait of Drusus Minor
early 1st century A.D.
Overall: 3.7 x 3 x 1.2 cm (1 7/16 x 1 3/16 x 1/2 in.)
Medium or Technique
Anne and Blake Ireland Gallery (Gallery 210A)
White on brown layered onyx. Cameo, set in modern gold mount. Portrait head of Drusus Minor (13 BC – AD 23), the son of the second Roman emperor Tiberius, in profile to the right. He has a sharp nose and his hair is combed forward over his forehead. His sideburns extend downwards onto his cheeks.
By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to MFA archival card: found at Arezzo with 27.753 and a coin of Claudius); October 28, 1925: loaned to MFA by Edward Perry Warren (as 556.25); November 17, 1927: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 161,000.00 (this figure is the total price for MFA 27.647-27.761)
Francis Bartlett Donation of 1912