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    Sale 1914

    Ancient Jewelry

    6 December 2007, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 341

    A LATE ROMAN AGATE CAMEO

    CIRCA 5TH CENTURY A.D.

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A LATE ROMAN AGATE CAMEO
    CIRCA 5TH CENTURY A.D.
    The oval stone carved in two layers, white on black, with clasped right hands (dextrarum iunctio), a Greek inscription below reading, "Concord," a garland above, enclosed within a plain border
    5/8 in. (1.5 cm.) wide


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    For related examples see nos. 50 and 51 in Henig, The Content Cameos. Henig informs (p. 8) that "the clasped hands of 'Concord' belong to betrothal and amity in life; but also have a more solemn meaning associated with 'memoria' as hand-shaking couples on gravestones signify."

    Provenance

    European Private Collection, acquired in the late 19th-early 20th century.


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A EUROPEAN GENTLEMAN