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Old Nov 1, 2006, 08:32 AM   #1
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Roman Bronze Imago Clipeata of Emperor Claudius

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Roman Bronze Imago Clipeata of Emperor Claudius

Please take a look at this rare glimpse of a Julio Claudian Princeps
in bronze (other than coinage). Claudius is seen showing the office
of Pontifex Maximus, note radiate imagery as well as being flanked by
simpuvium (dipper) and lituus (wand). I normally would not send out
general emails but this is a rare piece indeed!

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Old Nov 1, 2006, 08:37 AM   #2
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superb 1st cent. style, impressive piece! Unfortunately a little bit more expensive than the usual As or Sestertius ..

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Old Nov 1, 2006, 10:34 AM   #3
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Claudius

So true Jerome!!

Non coinage Julio Claudian (Princeps) portraiture is extremely rare. I think it went for a low $96,000.

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Old Nov 1, 2006, 04:03 PM   #4
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You forget one area: the ancient gems (intaglios at least; cameo would raise much higher), but that is close to numismatics. I have an intaglio featuring Augustus portrait I think, found in Syria (and from reliable origin), it's a long time I wanted to post a picture for you, but taking a nice pict of an intaglio is quite difficult.

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Old Nov 1, 2006, 04:21 PM   #5
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Jerome,

I would love to see a photo of Augustus!!

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Old Dec 29, 2006, 01:43 PM   #6
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Old Dec 29, 2006, 01:47 PM   #7
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Joe,

I keep my promise, here is the intaglio of Augustus at last, an orange carneol:

Int_corn_Auguste.jpg

Doesn't look like anyone else than Augustus, does it?

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Old Dec 29, 2006, 05:58 PM   #8
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To me, it also looks like it resembles Germanicus

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Old Dec 30, 2006, 10:33 AM   #9
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Beautiful!!

This is where Julio Claudian Iconography gets sticky!! It does look like AUG, but the hair low on the nape of the neck? could be another Julio Claudian. I still think it is meant to represent AUG!!

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Old Dec 30, 2006, 04:08 PM   #10
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By construction, this portrait can't represent Germanicus: Germanicus has never been an Augustus, so can't be laureated (see all his coins).

Look at the following Denarius of Augustus:

Den et int Auguste.jpg

Hair are low on neck, too; however the direction of hair on the forehead is inverted, and I couldn't find any example with the wave going straight. Need to check marble portraiture. But this intaglio, found in a city on the northern Syria seaside, must be the product of a local workshop.

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