Sardonyx cameo portrait of the Emperor Augustus


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 166

Images of the Roman emperor Augustus were widely circulated on many types of objects—from large-scale portraits in marble and bronze to small coins, glass medallions, and gemstones like this portrait, which were intended for personal adornment and devotion. Brilliantly carved to exploit the layered bands of color, the cameo depicts Augustus crowned with a laurel wreath. He wears an aegis, the protective goatskin associated with Minerva (Athena), with the heads of a gorgon and wind god.

#1074. Sardonyx cameo portrait of the Emperor Augustus

Sardonyx cameo portrait of the Emperor Augustus, Sardonyx, Roman

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