Cameo with portrait bust of Germanicus

Roman
Imperial Period
early 1st century


Dimensions

Overall: 2.2 x 3 x 0.7 cm (7/8 x 1 3/16 x 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

98.753

Medium or Technique

Sardonyx

On View

Anne and Blake Ireland Gallery (Gallery 210A)

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Cameos

White on brown layered onyx. Cameo, in modern gold setting. Bust of Germanicus in profile to the right. Germanicus Julius Caesar (15 BC – AD 19) was the great-nephew and step-grandson of Augustus, the first Roman emperor. The bust was restored in gold in the 16th century.

Provenance

By date unknown: Ludovisi Collection; by date unknown: Count Michel Tyszkiewicz Collection; 1898: auction of the M. Tyszkiewicz Collection, Hotel des Commissaires-Priseurs, 9 rue Drouot, Paris, June 8-10, lot 272; by 1898: with Edward Perry Warren; 1898: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 69,618.13 (this figure is the total price for MFA 98.641-98.940)

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund