Portrait of Julia Drusilla, Julia Livilla or Agrippina Minor
Chalcedony.
37—39 CE.
Height: 9 cm.
Inv. No. GR 1907.4-15.1 (Gem 3946).
London, The British Museum Photo by Roger B. Ulrich

Portrait of Julia Drusilla, Julia Livilla or Agrippina Minor.

Chalcedony.
37—39 CE.
Height: 9 cm.
Inv. No. GR 1907.4-15.1 (Gem 3946).

London, The British Museum

Description:
A portrait of one of the sisters of Gais (Caligula): Julia Drusilla, Julia Livilla, or Agrippina Minor in green chalcedony, a semi-precious gem. The sisters were awarded special honors in 37 CE (Drusilla died only a year later, in 38). This artifact may be representative of that commemoration. Compare this portrait to that of Agrippina Minor from the Rhode Island School of design. The British Museum online catalog identifies this as a portrait of Agrippina Minor (sister of Gaius and the mother of Nero).
Literature:
S. Walker and A. Burnett, ’Augustus. Handlist of the Exhibition’ (BM Occasional Paper 16, 1981), 21, no. 228 (bibl.);
W. Megow, “Kameen von Augustus bis Alexander Severus” (1987), 40, 301, pls 19-20, no. D33.
Credits:
© 2010. Photo, text: Roger B. Ulrich.
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