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Statuette - Dioscurus


  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Rome (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Chalcedony on pedestal of red carnelian.

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This is a Graeco-Roman statuette in chalcedony set on a pedstal of red carnelian. This statuette represents Dioscurus in miniature size.
The art of engraving gemstones can be traced back to ancient Greece in the 8th century BC and earlier. Techniques passed down to the Egyptians and then to the Romans. There were major revivals of interest in engraved gems in Europe during the Byzantine era, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, and again in the 18th and 19th centuries. At each stage cameos and intaglios, these skillful carvings on a minute scale, were much prized and collected, sometimes as symbols of power mounted in jewelled settings, sometimes as small objects for private devotion or enjoyment.

Physical description

Statuette of Dioscurus in miniature size. Short cloak hanging over left shoulder and down back. Helmet or cap.

Place of Origin

Rome (made)



Materials and Techniques

Chalcedony on pedestal of red carnelian.


Height: 32 mm figure only, Width: 19 mm figure only, Height: 53 mm Figure and column together

Descriptive line

Statuette, Chalcedony, of Dioscurus, Graeco-Roman

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

List of Objects in the Art Division, South Kensington, Acquired During the Year 1874, Arranged According to the Dates of Acquisition. London : Printed by George E. Eyre and William Spottiswoode for H.M.S.O. p. 20.
Cf. Michael Padgett, J. A Chalcedony Statuette of Herakles. In: Record of the Art Museum Princeton University, 54. 1995. pp. 3-22.


Chalcedony; Carnelian

Subjects depicted



Sculpture; Gemstones


Sculpture Collection

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