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Cameo with Bust of a Hohenstaufen Emperor
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Cameo with Bust of a Hohenstaufen Emperor

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Description In this cameo, an Hohenstaufen emperor with a laurel crown is dressed in military armor worn under a paludamentum or royal cloak, a form taken from antique Roman sources. The assimilation of classical iconography and style is a hallmark of the House of Hohenstaufen and the details of the face and drapery in this work relate it to this circle. The cameo is also similar to the gold Augustalis coin issued by the Frederick II, one of the most powerful Holy Roman Emperors from this house.
Date Description Narrative
10/20/1995Loan Considerationexamined for loan
5/15/2005Loan Considerationexamined for loan
  • Early Christian and Byzantine Art. Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore. 1947.
  • Jewelry - Ancient to Modern. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1979-1980.
  • Federico II e l'Italia: percorsi, luoghi, segni e strumenti (Frederick II and Italy: Precursors, Places, Signs and Instruments). Palazzo Venezia in Rome, Rome. 1995-1996.
  • Heiliges Römisches Reich Deutscher Nation 962 bis 1806. Von Otto dem Grossen bis zum Ausgang des Mittelalters (The Holy Roman Empire: From Otto the Great to the Close of the Middle Ages). Magdeburger Museen, Magdeburg. 2006.
Provenance Collection of John Hunt, Dublin, Ireland; purchased by Walters Art Museum, 1946.
Credit Museum purchase, 1946

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13th century (Medieval)
(Precious Stones & Gems)
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Gem H: 1 x W: 3/4 x D: 1/4 in. (2.5 x 1.9 x 0.7 cm); Overall H with mount: 1 1/8 x W: 7/8 x D: 5/16 in. (2.9 x 2.2 x 0.8 cm)
  • Italy (Place of Origin)
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Not On View


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