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A CARVED OVAL SARDONYX CAMEO BUST OF THE EMPEROR TIBERIUS
Wreathed with laurel, cloak brooched at the shoulder, facing in profile to the right, surrounded by a border of laurel leaves, cut from the upper white layer of the stone; in a later gold mount flanked by standards with eagle and inscription 'SPQR', surmounted by a military trophy with victor's laurel crown and with plaque inscribed 'TIBERIUS' between branches of oak leaves - emblematic of civic authority - at the base; applied to a cherry wood octagonal ground within an associated ebony and gilt-bronze frame
E. Fontenay (Les Bijoux Anciens et Modernes, Paris, 1887, p. 371) illustrates a design for a virtually identical mount for a cameo of the Emperor Trajan by Eugène Petiteau; 'Cette monture de broche en ors de couleurs ciselés servant de cadre à un magnifique camée de Trajan.'