Emperor Augustus above a Double Capricorn, late 1st century b.c.–early 1st century a.d.
Sardonyx; later mounted in gold for suspension; 7/8 x 1 1/8 in. (23 x 28 mm)
Gift of Milton Weil, 1929 (29.175.4)
The minute profile bust of the emperor crowned with laurel was carved in intaglio into the middle white stratum of the stone. The double Capricorn, Augustus' well-publicized astrological sign, is in relief, in regular cameo fashion.