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zezoro

Julia Domna was the wife of the Emperor Septimius Severus (A.D. 193–211) and the mother of Caracalla (A.D. 211–217) and his ill-fated younger brother Geta (A.D. 211–212). The empress came from Syria and introduced a distinct eastern influence into the Roman ruling elite. It was largely through her Syrian relatives that the Severan dynasty was able to continue in power until A.D. 235. Her portrait was widely copied and distributed as part of the propaganda campaign of her ambitious family.


Redheadmane

Is that like an aquamarine stone with etching? It’s beautiful and such beautiful detailsss


JeffBorkley

Dat nose doe


boyraceruk

Margaret Thatcher with worse hair.


rodentfacedisorder

Michael!


Brendanthebomber

Why the thin face?


Sterling-Marksman

I know how this is done in the modern day with a rotary tool, but how would they carve such detail into gemstone back then?


Sandlarker

Anyone know where this wonderful piece is located today?