Octavian is shown in profile as Mercury with delicately engraved hair and features.
Octavian as Mercury (The Ionides Gem) by Solon, 3525
© British Museum
- Brown agate
- 4 cm
- Art Fund grant:
- £96,000 ( Total: £240,914; Export stopped)
- Acquired in:
- Private vendor
An unidentified symbol is seen on the left side of the gem.
Collection of J J Winkelmann; George Spencer, 4th Duke of Marlborough; David Bromilow; Charles Newton-Robinson; AC Ionides; Mr & Mrs J Scarisbrick