Date: 9-12 A.D.
Artist: Dioscurides (?)
Technique and material: Low-relief cameo-engraved gem, cut from a double-layered Arabian onyx stone. Setting: gold frame, reverse side in ornamented open-work; German, 17th century.
Dimensions: H. 19 cm, W. 23 cm
Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, Austria
Roman cameo, early imperial era. A depiction of Emperor Augustus surrounded by goddesses and allegories.
Discovery site: unknown. By 1246, in the treasury of the Basilica of St. Sernin, Toulouse. In 1533, appropriated by King Francis I of France and taken to Paris. Sold to Emperor Rudolph II after 1590, then in the Treasure Chamber.
Photo by: James Steakley