Hellenistic cameo with the bust of a prince
Period: CA. 2nd century B.C.
Material: Cornelian and Agate
Dimensions: H: 24 mm, W: 18 mm
Geschittene Steine und Schmuck der Antike, Franck Sternberg AG. Zurich Auction XXVI, 16 November 1992, lot 582.
The oval stone in two layers, carnelian orange over white, sculpted in high relief with a facing bust of a satyr, perhaps depicting a Hellenistic prince in the guise of a Satyr. A nebris (animal skin) draped diagonally across his chest over his left shoulder, his head turned to his right, with a shot wavy hair, a creased forehead, lidded eyes beneath modelled brows and a small mouth.
For a carnelian gem depicting a young Ptolemaic prince assimilated to a satyr, see
n° 141 in Vollenweider, Camées et Intailles, Tome 1, les Portraits grecs du Cabinet des Médailles.