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Imperial Eagle

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Description A rare example of the gem-carver's art is this lapis lazuli eagle, possibly the finial (top) of an imperial scepter. Lapis enjoyed great popularity in the late Roman and Early Byzantine periods as its rich purple-blue color was associated with royalty. From the 3rd century on, the emperor, often appears on coins and medallions carrying an eagle scepter, emblem of victory and authority.
  • World of Wonder. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1971-1972.
Provenance Affaitati, Naples, by purchase; Piero Tozzi, New York, prior to 1942, by purchase; Philip B. Perlman, Baltimore, 1944, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1944, by gift.
Credit Gift of Mr. Philip B. Perlman, 1944

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4th-5th century (Late Antique)
lapis lazuli
(Precious Stones & Gems)
Accession Number
H: 4 1/8 x W: 2 5/8 x Standing D: 1 13/16 in. (10.5 x 6.6 x 4.6 cm)
  • Italy, Torre Del Greco (Place of Discovery)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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