Pair of Italian ‘After the Antique’ Carved Ivory Classical Portrait Relief’s
Pair of Italian ‘After the Antique’ Carved Ivory Classical Portrait Relief’s
Pair of Italian ‘After the Antique’ Carved Ivory Classical Portrait Relief’s
Pair of Italian ‘After the Antique’ Carved Ivory Classical Portrait Relief’s
Pair of Italian ‘After the Antique’ Carved Ivory Classical Portrait Relief’s

Pair of Italian ‘After the Antique’ Carved Ivory Classical Portrait Relief’s

1700 to 1800 Italy

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A Fine Pair of Italian ‘After the Antique’ Carved Ivory Classical Portrait Relief’s
Late 18th Century

Size: 5cm high, 3.5cm wide – 2 ins high, 1¼ ins wide
5cm high, 4cm wide – 2 ins high, 1½ ins wide

These cut away, ivory profile heads were probably carved after antique Roman gems. The portrait relief wearing a helmet formed from a lion’s head and mane probably represents the Roman Emperor Trajan (AD98-117) who took up the attributes of Hercules. The Roman god Hercules originated from the Greek hero Herakles and embodied the masculine characteristics of great strength, courage and appetite. He was a popular cult figure with the Roman legions, who in battle, would cry ‘Mehercle’ as an aid to courage.
The other relief probably portrays the Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius (AD161-80) wearing the helmet of Achilles, the invincible warrior and hero of Homer’s Iliad.

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Ivory, (Ebony display stands)
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