A Roman sardonyx cameo of Caracalla
Lot 325
A Roman sardonyx cameo of Caracalla
Sold for £10,800 (US$ 18,152) inc. premium
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Lot Details
A Roman sardonyx cameo of Caracalla
Circa 200-217 A.D.
The oval stone carved through three coloured layers, the background light brown, with a whitish-grey profile portrait of the Emperor as a younger man, facing left, the details of his curly hair, sideburns and facial features finely incised, wearing a laurel wreath tied around his head and
a lion-skin at his neck, both in pale amber, the stone slightly curved in profile, 1¼in (3.1cm) high

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Property of an English private lady, inherited from her aunt, Alice Carter-Huntington of Lancashire in about 1943.

    Literature:
    For similar gem portraits of Caracalla, cf. J. Boardman, et al, The Marlborough Gems. Formerly at Blenheim Palace, (2009), nos. 215 & 302.
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