Ring Roman, A. 375 - 400 A bust of a man is engraved into the flat, square bezel of this Late Roman gold ring. He wears Roman military attire, but some elements of the style of the carving are typical of Sassanian art from the powerful kingdom on.
Greco-Roman, from the Fayum in Egypt The cameo may have been made to commemorate the marriage of Nero to Octavia, daughter of the emperor Claudius, in 53 CE. It depicts a youthful Nero with his new bride; note the well-defined straps of Octavia's stola, mark of the married woman. Boston, Museum of Fine Arts. Credits: Barbara McManus, 2002