A ROMAN GLASS CAMEO WITH A BUST OF MINERVA
A ROMAN GLASS CAMEO WITH A BUST OF MINERVA
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A ROMAN GLASS CAMEO WITH A BUST OF MINERVA

CIRCA 1ST-2ND CENTURY A.D.

Details
A ROMAN GLASS CAMEO WITH A BUST OF MINERVA
CIRCA 1ST-2ND CENTURY A.D.
15⁄16 in. (2.4 cm.) long
Provenance
Giorgio Sangiorgi (1886-1965), Rome, acquired and brought to Switzerland, late 1930s; thence by continuous descent to the current owner.
Literature
J. Boardman and C. Wagner, Masterpieces in Miniature: Engraved Gems from Prehistory to the Present, London, 2018, p. 245, no. 229.
Special notice
This lot has been imported from outside of the UK for sale and placed under the Temporary Admission regime. Import VAT is payable at 5% on the hammer price. VAT at 20% will be added to the buyer’s premium but will not be shown separately on our invoice.

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Lot Essay

Moulded with the profile bust of the goddess wearing her characteristic high crested Corinthian helmet. In brown and white glass paste meant to mimic real banded stone, like sardonyx. The disc was carved to expose the different colors of glass. For a similarly made cameo of Hercules in the Walters Art Museum, see inv. no. 47.183.

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