Tatius of the Sabines


There is clearly a strong connection between these gems and the republican coins series as Tassie himself acknowledges.


The coins are RRC 344/1-3 and RRC 404/1.

But I just don’t feel the execution is ancient.  I wish I could articulate this sense better.  Something about it is too perfect.  Especially the lettering.  The cameo might be late antique (cf. the Constantine-esque bulging eyes with upward glance), but the other three seem really geared toward the tastes of grand tourists and renaissance audiences…

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