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A CARVED OVAL HELIOTROPE CAMEO BUST OF A BEARDED WARRIOR
His crested helmet embossed with the fight between a Lapith and a centaur, a hound below and an eagle over the visor, wearing baldric over his left shoulder and cloak brooched on the right, facing in profile to the left; in a narrow oval gilt-metal mount applied to a red jasper octagonal ground within a later ormolu-mounted octagonal ebony frame with acanthus borders surmounted by a mask of a winged putto
The head derives from the marble groups in Rome and Florence, replicas of a 3rd century BC Greek original, of Ajax or Menelaus carrying the body of Patroclus (see F. Haskell and N. Penny, Taste and the Antique - the Lure of Classical Sculpture 1500-1900, London and New Haven, 1981, pp. 191-6, no. 72.