Medium:Painted Stone Replica
Large cameo with white figures in foreground and black background. Two rows of people in ancient roman clothes, horses, spears, throne, etc. "gold" trim around the whole thing.
This is a reproduction of an ancient Roman low-relief cameo image engraved into a double layered Arabian onyx stone likely commissioned by Caesar Augustus. While one layer is white, the darker, blueish-brown background peaks through the white, highlighting the details. Split into two scenes, the lower scene represents a recently won battle by the Romans as they are erecting a victory trophy and prisoners of war are pulled off the battlefield. The top is a scene that includes Augustus surrounded by a number of both worldly and mythical individuals like Neptune and Gaia. Both scenes reflect Augustus promoting himself as a military victor and his connection to the gods.