Cameo with portrait bust of Tiberius

Imperial Period
early 1st century


Overall: 3.3 x 3.9 x 1 cm (1 5/16 x 1 1/2 x 3/8 in.) Overall (gem, as preserved): 2.2 x 2.8 cm (7/8 x 1 1/16 in.)

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On View

Anne and Blake Ireland Gallery (Gallery 210A)


Jewelry, The Ancient World



Reddish-orange carnelian. Cameo, in modern gold setting. A bust of the second Roman emperor Tiberius (reigned AD 14-37), in profile to the right, wearing a laurel wreath. The lower part of the cameo is broken, and filled in with gold. There are chips along all edges of the cameo.


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 276; 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