6 December 2007,
Price realised USD 9,375
USD 1,500 - USD 2,000
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."
European Private Collection, acquired in the late 19th-early 20th century.
THE PROPERTY OF A EUROPEAN GENTLEMAN
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