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Cameo: CG 523

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Current Location: Gallery 21






Bust of Aphrodite (Venus), three quarters to the front. Her face is youthful, and her hair is parted at the forehead and arranged in long strands , swept upwards and secured by means of a headband. The features recall those of both Antonia and Livia. the goddess wears a chiton and holds a cup in her left hand with which she nourishes an eagle with swept-back wings, representing Imperial power.

Measurements and weight

Height: 35 mm
Width: 30 mm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought


1st Century BC, Late
Circa -0050 BC - Circa AD

School or Style

Augustan or Tiberian, Court School

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Materials used in production

Blue sapphire

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Identification numbers

Accession number: CG 523
Primary reference Number: 124601
Gem catalogue number: CM.19.1967
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 31 January 2022 Last processed: Wednesday 7 February 2024

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Antiquities

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