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Late 18th Century
Size: 2.5cm high, 3cm wide – 1 ins high, 1¼ ins wide
Sir William Hamilton made use of his long stay as Ambassador to Naples to acquire gems. Many of these came from excavations in the area and he also bought from dealers in Rome and commissioned works from Birch, Marchant, Pichler and other carvers. A large number of gems were included in a batch of antiquities that he sold to the British Museum in 1772.