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Hellenistic cameo with the bust of a prince

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16320
Culture
: Greek-Hellenistic
Period
: CA. 2nd century B.C.
Material
: Cornelian and Agate
Dimensions
: H: 24 mm, W: 18 mm
Price
: POR
Provenance
:

Geschittene Steine und Schmuck der Antike, Franck Sternberg AG. Zurich Auction XXVI, 16 November 1992, lot 582.

 


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reference 16320

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.

 

Bibliography

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.

 

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