- Museum number
Cameo; onyx; bevelled edges; laureate head of Caligula to right; raised border; in a plain gold mount
- Production date
Diameter: 1.50 inches
- Curator's comments
Text from Dalton 1915, Catalogue of Engraved Gems:
in a plain gold mount.
Text from Payne Knight's Latin manuscript catalogue
45) Germanici Caesaris caput, civica corona iligna* redimitum, facie dextrorsum spectante, et strato albo rubescente opaco onychis Indicae, alii fusco pellucido inhaerente, molliter et delicate exsculptum, in circulo exstante eiusdem strati albi, diametris uncialis, quinque infra iacentibus stratis, vicibus alternis, quorum ultimi diametrum est.
*civica (corona) iligna primo fuit. Plin. Nat: Hist: LXVI. IV.
The head of Germanicus Caesar, crowned with the civic wreath of helm-oak*, with his face looking to the right, and carved out softly and delicately from a white, reddening, opaque layer of Indian onyx, adhering to a dark, translucent one elsewhere, standing out in a circle of the same white layer, an inch in diameter, with five layers lying below, in an alternate succession, the diameter of the last one is one and a half inches.
*To begin with it was the civic (wreath) of helm-oak. Plin. Nat: Hist: LXVI. IV.
- On display (G1/fc10)
- Acquisition date
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: RPK.45 (Payne Knight Collection)