Cameo with portrait bust of Germanicus
early 1st century
Overall: 2.2 x 3 x 0.7 cm (7/8 x 1 3/16 x 1/4 in.)
Medium or Technique
Anne and Blake Ireland Gallery (Gallery 210A)
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.
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)
Henry Lillie Pierce Fund