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Gold ring with carnelian intaglio portrait of Tiberius

Early Imperial, Tiberian
ca. A.D. 14–37
Gold, carnelian
Overall: 13/16 in. (2.1 cm)
Gold and Silver
Credit Line:
Purchase, The Bothmer Purchase Fund and Lila Acheson Wallace Gift, 1994
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 166
Tiberius, stepson of Augustus, was already fifty-six years old when he became emperor in A.D. 14. His accession established the precedent of dynastic rule in Rome by the Julio-Claudian family. Despite long years of experience as a general and administrator under Augustus, Tiberius was not a popular ruler and spent the last ten years of his reign living in seclusion on the island of Capri.
Herrmann, Ariel and Dr. Seán Hemingway. 1995. "Recent Acquisitions, A Selection: 1994-1995." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, 53(2): p. 18.

Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1995. "One Hundred Twenty-fifth Annual Report of the Trustees for the Fiscal Year July 1, 1994 through June 30, 1995." Annual Report of the Trustees of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 125: p. 16.

Milleker, Elizabeth J. 2000. The Year One: Art of the Ancient World East and West no. 43, pp. 59, 206, New York and New Haven: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Picón, Carlos A. 2009. "Glass and Gold of the Hellenistic and Early Roman World." Philippe de Montebello and the Metropolitan Museum of Art: 1977-2008, James R. Houghton, ed. pp. 20-1, fig. 29, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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