A Roman sardonyx cameo of a grotesque
Lot 83
A Roman sardonyx cameo of a grotesque
£15,000 - 25,000
US$ 25,000 - 42,000
Auction Details
Lot Details
A Roman sardonyx cameo of a grotesque
Circa 1st Century A.D.
Carved in two layer, a mottled orange and white on banded dark grey background, depicting a profile head of a bald man with grotesque features including a pointed nose and chin, a frowning brow and a distended skull, 1in (2.6cm) long

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    UK collection, acquired in the 1980s.

    Literature:
    For similar examples of grotesque cameos see M. Henig, The Content Cameos, p.86, nos.153, 154 and 155 with illustrations.
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