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A CARVED OVAL ONYX BUST OF A FAUN
16TH OR 17TH CENTURY
Bearded, a nebris worn across his shoulders, facing front, head turned slightly to the left; in an oval gilt-metal mount, applied to an oval jasper ground, within an associated gilt-bronze frame flanked by standing figures of putti, crowned by a scallop shell between volutes, with masks and swags below
Bacchic themes including fauns, according to Riccardo Gennaioli (Le Gemme dei Medici al Museo degli Argenti, 2007, nos. 63, 64), were part of the repertory of the Renaissance gem engraver.