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Cameo Portrait of the Emperor Nero
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Cameo Portrait of the Emperor Nero

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Description This cameo portrait of Nero wearing a wreath is set in a plain gold ring. Emperor Nero (AD 37-68) is depicted youthful and smiling, with the dark upper layer contrasting effectively with the pale ground. During the Renaissance it was a popular test of skill to create works that looked "antique" as this cameo does. Similar to this cameo, Walters 42.1040 is also in the collection.
  • Jewelry - Ancient to Modern. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1979-1980.
Provenance Collection of Earl of Arundel, Theca B, no. 27; Duke of Marlborough Sale, cat. no. 430; Henry Walters, New York; inherited by Sadie Jones (Mrs. Henry Walters), New York, 1931; purchased by Joseph Brummer, New York 1941; purchased by Walters Art Museum, 1942.
Credit Museum purchase (formerly in the collection of Mrs. Henry Walters), 1942

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16th century (late Renaissance)
sardonyx, modern gold setting
(Precious Stones & Gems)
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H: 13/16 x W: 3/4 in. (2 x 1.9 cm)
  • Italy (Place of Origin)
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Not On View


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