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Nike & Chariot Cameo


Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
published on 01 October 2016
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This sardonyx cameo depicts Nike (Victory). The winged goddess wears a long chiton and drives a 4-horse chariot. Skillful Roman cameo-carvers exploited the tonal contrast of some stones. This could be a simple 2-tone contrast or a more subtle variation using all available gradations of shade. Sardonyx was particularly valued as a cameo-stone. From the Blacas Collection. Roman, 1st century BCE to 1st century CE. (The British Museum, London).

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About the Author

Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
Associate Professor of Neurology and lover of the Cradle of Civilization, Mesopotamia. I'm very interested in Mesopotamian history and always try to take photos of archaeological sites and artifacts in museums, both in Iraq and around the world.

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