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

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


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