- Museum number
Cameo; agate; on right Aesculapius, seated facing, nude except for drapery across his knees; in right hand is staff entwined with serpent; Hygieia stands at his side, draped from the waist and leans upon his right shoulder; inscribed; heads of the figures are entirely restored, right arm of Hygieia broken; enclosed under glass in gold pendant case with suspension loop. The frame is decorated with black enamel at the front and with black enamel floral decoration on the back. Gold curlicues projecting from the sides of the case are enamelled in white, red, green and blue.
- Production date
Diameter: 0.76 inches
- Curator's comments
- Text from Dalton 1915, Catalogue of Engraved Gems:
The heads of the two figures are entirely restored: the r. arm of Hygieia is broken. The cameo is enclosed in an enamelled gold case of the sixteenth century, with loop for suspension.
Supplementary information to Dalton 1915:
The gem is numbered 255, referring to Blacas Manuscript Cat. where 255 is deleted. When Blacas Collection registered by G & R in 1974 the gem was given the new number 254*
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- Registration number