Hi all. Here is a lovely gemstone from Caesarea Maritima. I think it is a draped bust
, 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.
BCC G29Roman Gem Stone
Red-Brown jasper in a
: 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.
#12 and #13.
Surface find, 1976, Setting created, 1983.J. Berlin Caesarea Collection
(click for larger pic)