Byzantium, 10th century / Cameo Bust of St. George / 900sByzantium, 10th century
Cameo Bust of St. George

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Creator Nationality: Asian; Anatolian; Byzantine
Creator Name-CRT: Byzantium, 10th century
Title: Cameo Bust of St. George
Title Type: Primary
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 900
Creation End Date: 999
Creation Date: 900s
Object Type: Sculpture
Classification Term: Glyptic
Materials and Techniques: bloodstone
Dimensions: Overall: 3.2cm x 3.05cm
Inscriptions: Greek inscription on either side of the head.
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1959.41
Credit Line: Dudley P. Allen Fund
Provenance: Ducal Museum, Gotha; (Richard H. Zinser, Forest Hills, New York).
Context: A cameo is a gem or shell carved with a raised design. In the Byzantine world, cameos with religious imagery were used for private devotion as portable icons or amulets. The preciousness of their material enhanced the value. Saint George was a legendary warrior, saint, and martyr who died at the end of the 3rd century ad.
AMICA ID: CMA_.1959.41
AMICA Library Year: 2001
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art

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