A roman variegated chalcedony intaglio. Bust of draped man.
16 x 20 x 4,5 mm
The character is turned on the right side, and characterized by a generous beard and curly hair. The face, hair and profile details place this portrait in the Antonine period. The nose slightly curved down (aquiline), the little half-open mouth, the ears big and rounded. A large neck emerged from the draped bust. This example is similar to representations of Marcus Aurelius the emperor, and Lucius Verus (in the laureated version) or to a member of the antonine elite. Extraordinary and rare variety of stone, with pinkish inclusions, yellow, brown and orange inside the translucide chalcedony with white dots. Wear marks. Crack in the lower part of the edge. Bezel with generous dimensions.
2nd century AD.