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Onyx cameo fragment

Period:
Late Republican or Early Imperial
Date:
late 1st century B.C.–1st century A.D.
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Onyx
Dimensions:
H.: 7.8 cm (3 1/16 in.) Other: 7.9 cm (3 1/16 in.)
Classification:
Gems
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1906
Accession Number:
06.1203
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 166
The scene may represent an episode from the story of Proserpine (Gr. Persephone) and Pluto (Gr. Hades). Mythological scenes are rare on such large cameos; most of the surviving examples depict members of the Roman imperial family.
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1920. Catalogue of Engraved Gems of the Classical Style. no. 338, p. 164, pl. 75, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1956[1920]. Catalogue of Engraved Gems of the Classical Style: Greek Etruscan, and Roman. no. 606, p. 122, pl. 66, Rome: L'Erma di Bretschneider.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 2006[1920]. Catalogue of Engraved Gems of the Classical Style: Greek Etruscan, and Roman, 2nd edn. no. 606, p. 122, pl. 66, color pl. 19, Rome: L'Erma di Bretschneider.

Draper, James David. 2008. "Cameo Appearances." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, 65(4): p. 12, fig. 15.

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