London, South Kensington
28 April 2004
A ROMANO-EGYPTIAN AGATE CAMEO IN GOLD MOUNT
3RD CENTURY A.D.
The profile portrait male bust, probably of an imperial prince, with short hair swept forward from the crown, the eyes with articulated pupils, set in oval gold opus interrasile surround, the gold back with delicate punched lattice work
7/8 in. (2.4 cm.) high
Formerly in the Maurice Nahman collection (1868-1948).
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Offered to benefit a new scholarship initiative from Bennington College, this work distils the unique form of abstraction for which the artist would become famous
Ahead of the sale of portraits of four different muses, we focus on the women the artist came to depend on so passionately