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A FINE ROMAN AMETHYST INTAGLIO ENGRAVED WITH MALE PORTRAIT BUST

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A FINE ROMAN AMETHYST INTAGLIO ENGRAVED WITH MALE PORTRAIT BUST

CIRCA 2ND CENTURY A.D.

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A FINE ROMAN AMETHYST INTAGLIO ENGRAVED WITH MALE PORTRAIT BUST CIRCA 2ND CENTURY A.D. Of Hellenizing type, shown in profile to the left with draped bust, deeply-cut curled hair and short beard, in 19th Century gold ring setting 1.3 x 1 cm.; 1.8 cm. across inner hoop
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Lot Essay

Cf. G. M. A. Richter, Engraved Gems of the Romans, London, 1971, no. 545; M. Henig, The Lewis Collection of Gemstones, Oxford, 1975, no. 15; and S. H. Middleton, Engraved Gems from Dalmatia, Oxford, 1991, p. 113, no. 202, for intaglios of the philhellenic emperor Hadrian. Also see, S. De Caro, The National Archaeological Museum of Naples, Naples, 1996, p. 348, inv. 26088, for an amethyst intaglio of Antoninus Pius "in the attitude of a Greek philiosopher. The soft and very fine rendering of the beard and hair is typical of the pictorial style of the period".

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