Lot 33: Roman Venus Cameo in Gold Pendant with Chain
December 6, 2016
London, United KingdomLive Auction
Description: 1st-2nd century AD. An amethyst cameo depicting the goddess Venus; set a in later sympathetic gold pendant with granulated border, offered with a gold plaited rope chain with two suspension rings at the ends. 19.84 grams, 36.5cm (14 1/4"). Property of a Suffolk gentleman; acquired before 2000. The stone was examined in detail by Dr. Bonewitz who observed: 'One of the finest pieces of ancient carving I have seen. This deeply three-dimensional cameo is of the finest workmanship. The cutter has used a subtle combination of surface textures to add additional depth and realism. A masterpiece.'
Condition Report: Very fine condition.