The miniature portrait represents what is thought to be a young aristocrat from the ruling Juio-Claudian dynasty: perhaps Gaius or Lucius Caesar. The portrait has also been postulated as a representation of Germanicus Caesar. Behind the head (just visible), the signature of the artist is incised in the gem. The name and lettering are Greek: ΕΠΙΤΥΓΧΑΝ(ΟΣ) (Epitynchanos). Note also the carving of the pupil and iris.
Keywords: male portrait of a young man prince of the Augustan dynasty Caius Gaius Caesar g148 Lucius Caesar g149 Germanicus Caesar g145 Julio-Claudian dynasty dinastia giulio-claudia Julii-Claudii engraver carver Epitynchanos from the Blacas collection Inv No GR 1867 5 7 496 Gem 3592