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sealstone

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1867,0507.724

  • Description

    Red jasper sealstone.
    An exceptionally clear profile portrait, with long, tousled hair, the locks carefully delineated, and no beard. The nose is hooked, the slightly open mouth downturned, and the chin prominent. The features resemble those of Mark Antony on some of his coin portraits, and the bust ends at the neck.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 40BC-30BC (circa)
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 1.4 centimetres
    • Width: 1 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Walker & Higgs 2001

    Sydenham 1528, a denarius issued in 39 BC and now in the collections of the Musei Capitolini, Rome, is particularly close to this intaglio.

    BIBLIOGRAPHY: S. Walker and A. Burnett, Augustus, British Museum Occasional Papers 16 (London 1981), 16-17, no. 174 (bibl).

  • Bibliography

    • Gem 1966 bibliographic details
    • Walker & Higgs 2001 264 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G70/dc7

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1867

  • Department

    Greek & Roman Antiquities

  • Registration number

    1867,0507.724

COMPASS Title: Red jasper intaglio: portrait head of Mark Antony;Red jasper intaglio: portrait head of Mark Antony

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COMPASS Title: Red jasper intaglio: portrait head of Mark Antony;Red jasper intaglio: portrait head of Mark Antony

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