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A CARVED OVAL AGATE CAMEO BUST OF CARACALLA
With short curly hair, bearded, brooched cloak over corselet, facing front, the head turned slightly to the right; in an oval beaded gold mount applied to a square grey agate ground within an associated square gilt-bronze easel frame with openwork border of masks, scrolls and winged putti, suspension loop surmounted by winged putto mask
The present portrait is derived from a marble bust from the Farnese collection, now in the Museo Nazionale, Naples, regarded as one of the last great works of art from antiquity (F. Haskell and N. Penny, Taste and the Antique - The Lure of Classical Sculpture 1500-1900, New Haven and London, 1981, pp. 172-3, fig. 89). The Frowning Caracalla also exists in other cameo versions, for instance in Munich (I. Weber, Geschnittene Steine des 18. bis 20. Jahrhunderts, Munich, 1995, p. 63, no. 45).