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Imperial Rome

Emperor Claudius Cameo 43-5 AD; Mount c.17th century.

RCIN 65238

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The Emperor Claudius reigned from AD 41 to 54 and died aged 63. This image of Claudius is the largest of the surviving imperial single-portrait cameos. The raised border, cut with a flat top showing the darker layer of the stone, is not uncommon but the carefully cut egg and dart on its outer edge is very rare.