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Antiquities => Seals and Tesserae => Topic started by: v-drome on May 13, 2019, 07:37:21 pm

Title: Red-Brown Jasper Intaglio Caesarea M
Post by: v-drome on May 13, 2019, 07:37:21 pm
Hi all.  Here is a lovely gemstone from Caesarea Maritima.  I think it is a draped bust of Apollo, but any other ideas are welcome.  The setting is modern, we made it for my mother in 1983.  For years I thought it was lost, but she recently found it and sent it to me when she was getting ready to move.  I found some parallels for the gem from Caesarea, and also in the Bonner database, and the Getty Collection.  Most of them have a laurel branch, which this one does not, and many are of far superior workmanship.  My other question is about photographing the gem.  It looks like a cameo sometimes (my brain seems to switch it back and forth), and I am trying to find a lighting scheme that will better show that it is intaglio.  All suggestions or corrections are welcome.  Thanks,  V-drome.

Roman Gem Stone
Caesarea Maritima
Intaglio 1st-3rd cent.CE
Draped bust of Apollo? left.
Red-Brown jasper in a
modern setting.
Profile type: F1, Flat top,
flat bottom, upright oval.
11.5 x 9.0 x 2.0mm. (including mounting)
cf. Hamburger #16, but without laurel branch.
cf. Hendler Collection #12 and #13.
Surface find, 1976, Setting created, 1983.
J. Berlin Caesarea Collection
(click for larger pic)