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Beautiful Augustus Cameo

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Here's a beautiful ancient Roman cameo of Augustus that came to my attention. Beautiful detail, for sure:

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Medallion on which the head of the Emperor Augustus stands out in high relief. Augustus, wearing the crown of oak leaf, is seen from the front, the bands falling from the occiput, and spreading over the flat forehead, towards the shoulders, the left of which is draped. In the eleven small holes distributed on the crown were perhaps fixed tassels or gold leaves.

 

http://medaillesetantiques.bnf.fr/ws/catalogue/app/collection/record/ark:/12148/c33gbcvrx

 

Summary: This piece, which is thought to be contemporary or near-contemporary with Augustus (reigned 23 BCE - 14 AD), helps to validate our image of him (or at least the image he wanted to portray).

 

 

guy also known as gaius

 

(Thanks to Garth Harney @Optimus Princeps for bringing this to my attention.
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