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A ROMAN ONYX CAMEO
PROPERTY FROM THE ESTATE OF L. AL ROSENBAUM
A ROMAN ONYX CAMEO

CIRCA 2ND CENTURY A.D.

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A ROMAN ONYX CAMEO
CIRCA 2ND CENTURY A.D.
Carved in two layers, white on blue-gray, with a head of Medusa depicted turned slightly to her left, snakes radiating from her thick curly hair, one wing visible, the face well defined with the eyes articulated; mounted as a pendant in a modern gold setting, suspended from an ancient-style gold chain
1 in. (2.5 cm.) high; chain: 18¼ in. (46.4 cm.) long
Provenance
Said to be found in Amisus, near Samsun, on the coat of Asia Minor.
Brought to Berlin in 1934 by a representative of the USSR government authorized to sell items belonging to the Hermitage Museum.
Property of a Lady; Christie's, London, 10 July 1987, lot 126a.

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