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Cameo with Livia holding a bust of Augustus (')

The Museum of Fine Arts - Boston

Boston, MA


Artist Unknown

Year: A.D. 14-37

Type of Work: Decorative Arts

Material: Turquoise

Description: Carved from precious turquoise, this extraordinary gem bears the image of Livia, wife of Emperor Augustus, in the guise of a priestess holding a small bust of her deceased husband. The luxurious material and exquisite carving suggests that it was a gift for a member of the imperial court of Augustus.

Dimensions: 1 1/4 x 1 1/2 in. (3.1x 3.8 cm)


Henry Lillie Pierce Fund, 99.109. Photograph © 2015 Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
 
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