A large Roman onyx cameo of the Empress Livia
Julio-Claudian Period, A.D. 10-40
Finely carved in low relief, Livia depicted in maturity, in three-quarter view with her head slightly turned to the right, wearing a light veil at the back of her head, falling past her shoulders in folds, her hair characteristically braided on top of the head with a central lock rolled back from her forehead, curling locks to either side covering the tops of her ears, her face with wide-open almond-shaped eyes, thin nose, small mouth, and a typically small prominent chin, shown wearing drapery pinned at both shoulders, falling in v-shaped folds at her chest, 1¾in (4.5cm) high
- Please note the provenance for this lot is incorrect. It should read: Ex Rafael Esmerian Collection. Acquired by his father at S.J.Phillips Ltd in London in the 1940s.