Sardonyx cameo of a double capricorn with a portrait of the emperor Augustus

Period: Early Imperial, Augustan

Date: ca. 27 B.C.–A.D. 14

Culture: Roman

Medium: Sardonyx, gold

Dimensions: H. 1 1/8 in. (2.8 cm)

Classification: Gems

Credit Line: Gift of Milton Weil, 1929

Accession Number: 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.