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Ring stone - Orange carnelian - Bust of a princess

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Ring stone - Orange carnelian - Bust of a princessRing stone - Orange carnelian - Bust of a princess

Ring stone engraved with a princess’s bust left.
Orange carnelian. Height 1,1 cm.
She wears a diadem and an ear pendant. Her hair held on the back of the head, a thin lock falling on the neck.
1st century B.C. Hellenistic period.
Small chips on the edge otherwise intact. Nice style.

Study by Sébatien Aubry :

See :
M.-L. Vollenweider & M. Avisseau-Broustet, Camées et intailles. Les Portraits romains du Cabinet des médailles, tome II, 2003 (Paris), pp. 148-149, nrs. 181-182, pl. 104.
Technique :
Hellenistic shape of the stone.
- Very schematic hair, testimony of a work by the late 2nd century or early 1st century B.C. - See M.-L. Vollenweider, Camées et intailles. Les Portraits grecs du Cabinet des médailles, tome I, 1995 (Paris), pp. 183,199, pl. 104,199.
- Engraving. “Expression franche du visage au nez droit. (...) “Croquis rapide à la manière des gravures hellénistiques tardives, caractérisées par la narine et les lèvres rendues en lignes parallèles, les cheveux par des traits hachurés, utilisés aussi pour les boucles qui descendent en zig-zag (sur la poitrine)” see : M.-L. Vollenweider & M. Avisseau-Broustet, Camées et intailles. Les Portraits romains du Cabinet des médailles, tome II, 2003 (Paris), pp. 41-42, nr. 41, pl. 47.
Discussion :
- The type of “hatched” hairstyle and the nostril by a line-drawn circumflex, is founded on a Roman portrait of the same period (2nd-1st century B.C. - 109 B.C. compared to the iconographic treatment on a denarius of Mn. Aemilius Lepidus (RCC 554), see M. Maaskant-Kleibrink, Catalogue of the engraved gems in the Royal Coin Cabinet The Hague, (1978), p. 137, pl. 42,202 or a sard from the last quarter of the 1st century B.C. representing Psyche or Nemesis (hair hatched, frame of the nose, nostril, lips, prominent chin), see E. Zwierlein-Diehl, Die Antike Gemmen des Kunsthistorischen Museums in Wien, I (1973), p. 143, pl. 75,447.
- Same frame of the nose, line-drawn circumflex nostril, descending parallel lips, triangle-drawn eyes, hatched hairstyle, zigzagging hair curls, on the chest, see Antike Gemmen in Deutschen Sammlungen V, p. 59, pl. 5,37 (torso of Apollo, 2nd hald of the 1st century B.C.) or p. 98, pl. 37,213 (bust of Venus with tiara and bun, 3rd quarter of the 1st century B.C.).
- Fold of garment (veil) in parallel lines, see Antike Gemmen in Deutschen Sammlungen IV, p.113, pl. 66,481 (2nd half of the 1st century B.C.).

From a private collection from Bordeaux (France), formed in the 1930’s-196’0s.

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