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. GR 1867.5-7.496; Gem. 3592.

London, The 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: ΕΠΙΤΥΓΧΑΝ(ΟΣ) (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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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
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