Possibly by Pietro Pestrini (active first half of the 19th century)
Possibly by Clemente Pestrini (Italian, active first half of the 19th century)
Sardonyx and gold
Overall: 1 15/16 x 1 1/2 in. (4.9 x 3.8 cm); visible cameo (confirmed): 47 x 35.7 x 11 mm
The Milton Weil Collection, 1940
Not on view
Much like their ancient prototypes, the rival emperors are wreathed in laurel. The pinkest blush in Alexander’s onyx (40.20.25) hints at corporeality, while the drab ocher sardonyx of Napoleon, by contrast, suggests a rather joyless military man.