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Red jasper intaglio: portrait head of Mark Antony

 

Length: 14.000 mm
Width: 10.000 mm

Blacas Collection

GR 1867. 5-7.724 (Gem 1966)

Greece and Rome

    Red jasper intaglio: portrait head of Mark Antony

    Roman, about 40-30 BC

    The engraver has cut an exceptionally clear profile portrait, with long tousled hair, the locks carefully delineated, and no beard. The nose is hooked, the slightly open mouth down-turned, and the chin prominent. The features resemble those of Antony on some of his coin portraits, and the bust ends at the neck.

    The intaglio may have been used as a seal by one of Mark Antony's supporters.

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