6 December 2007
THE PROPERTY OF A EUROPEAN GENTLEMAN
A ROMAN SARDONYX CAMEO
CIRCA 1ST CENTURY A.D.
The oval stone carved in three layers, brown on white on orange, with a comic mask, shown frontally, with an open, megaphone-like mouth, a pug nose and bulging eyes, the hair brushed back at the forehead, the long beard in undulating strands; mounted in a ring as a 19th century setting, a chip in the stone replaced in gold, including some of the hair
11/16 in. (1.7 cm.) long; ring size 10
European Private Collection, acquired in the late 19th-early 20th century.
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