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Beryl intaglio with portrait of Julia Domna

Period:
Mid-Imperial, Severan
Date:
ca. A.D. 200–210
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Beryl
Dimensions:
H. 15/16 in. (2.4 cm)
Classification:
Gems
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1925
Accession Number:
25.78.90
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 169
Julia Domna was the wife of the Emperor Septimius Severus (A.D. 193–211) and the mother of Caracalla (A.D. 211–217) and his ill-fated younger brother Geta (A.D. 211–212). The empress came from Syria and introduced a distinct eastern influence into the Roman ruling elite. It was largely through her Syrian relatives that the Severan dynasty was able to continue in power until A.D. 235. Her portrait was widely copied and distributed as part of the propaganda campaign of her ambitious family.
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1926. "Miscellaneous Accessions in the Classical Department." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 21(12): p. 286.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1948. Roman Portraits, 2nd edn. no. 1021, p. vi, 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. 498, pp. 108-9, pl. 60, Rome: L'Erma di Bretschneider.

Thimme, Jürgen. 1976. Kunst und Kultur der Kykladeninseln im 3. Jahrtausend v. Chr.: Ausstellung unter d. Patronat des International Council of Museums ICOM im Karlsruher Schloss vom 25. Juni-10. Oktober 1976. no. 110, p. 142, Karlsruhe: Müller.

Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1987. Greece and Rome. no. 110, p. 142, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 2006[1920]. Catalogue of Engraved Gems of the Classical Style: Greek Etruscan, and Roman, 2nd edn. no. 498, pp. 108-9, pl. 60, color pl. 18, Rome: L'Erma di Bretschneider.

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