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A CARVED OVAL SARDONYX DOUBLE PORTRAIT PROFILE CAMEO OF TWO ROMAN RULERS
LATE 16TH OR 17TH CENTURY
A man and a woman side by side, he is bearded and crowned with laurel, she wears a tiara, they face in profile to the right; the oval gold mount applied to an agate ground within an associated gilt-bronze frame decorated with flowers and leaves, scrolls and leaves below, and surmounted by an espagnolette mask
These double portraits of both Roman and contemporary sovereigns were a favourite theme of Renaissance gem engraving, used for jewellery and for embellishing objets de luxe. For a parallel see I. Weber, Kostbare Steine, Die Gemmensammlung des Kurfürsten Johann Wilhelm von der Pfalz (Munich, 1992) no. 168.