The Blacas Cameo
- The Blacas Cameo
Three-layered sardonyx cameo engraved with a portrait of Augustus wearing the aegis of Minerva and a sword-belt.
- Length: 9.3 centimetres
- Height: 12.8 centimetres
He originally wore a laurel wreath; this was replaced, probably in the medieval period, with the current setting of jewels. Provenance is unknown; the first recorded mention appears to be A.F. Gori, Gemmae antiquae ex thesauro Mediceo et privatorum Dactyliothecis Florentiae, I (Florence, 1731), 47-48, who describes it as being in the Strozzi cabinet in Florence. Cf. unpublished thesis by Lara Schwarz, Van de rug af gezien. De Duc de Blacas camee in het British Museum (Amsterdam 1993)
1990 24 Mar-10 Jun, Australia, Canberra, National Gallery of Australia, Civilization: Ancient Treasures from the British Museum, cat. no.88
1990 28 Jun-23 Sep, Australia, Melbourne, Museum of Victoria, Civilization: Ancient Treasures from the British Museum, cat. no.88
2012 19 Jul-25 Nov, London, BM Shakespeare: Staging the World
2013 October - February 2014 Augusto exhibition at Scuderie del Quirinale, Rome
2014 March - July Reunion des musees nationaux - Grand Palais, Paris
15 July 2013
Surface layer of museum dirt
Cleaned with deionised water and a few drops of Synperonic A7 (non ionic detergent), using cotton wool swabs. After cleaning, surface rinsed with deionised water on cotton wool swabs. Surface wiped with dry lab tissue to remove any remaining water. Only damp swabs were used throughout
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Object reference number: GAA1009
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