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A CARVED OVAL AGATE CAMEO HEAD OF IOLE
Wearing the skin of the Nemean lion on her head, paws knotted at the neck, facing in profile to the right; in an oval gold mount applied to a circular red jasper ground within silver-gilt frame of shells, flowers and acanthus
According to Lucia Pirzio Biroli (La Collezione Paoletti, Rome, 2007, p.73, I, no. 639), heads of this type were intended to represent Iole, wife of Hercules, who adopted his attributes to demonstrate the power of love over strength.