Cameo with bust of Apollo wreathed in laurel

Imperial Period
late 1st century B.C.–early 1st century A.D.


Overall: 3.4 x 4.8 x 0.8 cm (1 3/8 x 1 7/8 x 5/16 in.) Overall (gem): 2.9 x 4.2 cm (1 1/8 x 1 11/16 in.)

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On View

Anne and Blake Ireland Gallery (Gallery 210A)


Jewelry, The Ancient World



Yellowish-brown on white on brown layered sardonyx. Cameo, mounted in modern gold setting as a pendant. Bust of Apollo, in profile to the right, wearing a laurel wreath. His hair is pulled back into a bun at the back of his neck, around which a chlamys (cloak) is fastened.


By date unknown: from the collection of the Earl of Arundel (formed in the 17th century) and later the collection of George 3rd Duke of Marlborough; by 1875: David Bromilow collection; by 1899: collection of Mrs. Jary;1899: with Christie, Manson & Woods, 8 King Street, St. James's Square, London (auction of the Marlborough Collection, June 26-29, 1899, lot 414, citing Cat. Thec. C, no. 2 for the Arundel collection and "Marlborough Gems," vol. 2, 1791, no. 27); 1899: with Edward Perry Warren; 1899: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 16,502.52 (this figure is the total price for MFA 99.101-99.119)

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund