Octavian as Mercury (The Ionides Gem) by Solon

Octavian is shown in profile as Mercury with delicately engraved hair and features.

Details

Medium:
Brown agate
Dimensions:
4 cm
Art Fund grant:
£96,000 ( Total: £240,914; Export stopped)
Acquired in:
2001
Vendor:
Private vendor

An unidentified symbol is seen on the left side of the gem.

Provenance

Collection of J J Winkelmann; George Spencer, 4th Duke of Marlborough; David Bromilow; Charles Newton-Robinson; AC Ionides; Mr & Mrs J Scarisbrick

Venue details

British Museum Great Russell Street, LONDON London WC1B 3DG 020 7323 8299 www.britishmuseum.org

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