Portrait of a young man from the Julio-Claudian dynasty (Gaius Caesar? Lucius Caesar? Germanicus?)
Ca. 2 BCE — ca. 4 CE.
2.1 × 1.8 cm.
Inv. No. 1867,0507.496.London, British MuseumPhoto by Roger B. Ulrich

Portrait of a young man from the Julio-Claudian dynasty (Gaius Caesar? Lucius Caesar? Germanicus?).

Ca. 2 BCE — ca. 4 CE.
2.1 × 1.8 cm.
Inv. No. 1867,0507.496.

London, British Museum

Origin:
From the Blacas collection.
Description:
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: ΕΠΙΤΥΓΧΑΝΟΣ (Epitynchanos). Note also the carving of the pupil and iris.

Dated to ca. 2 BCE — 4CE.

Credits:
© 2010. Photo, text: Roger B. Ulrich.
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