Imperial Eagle

Late Roman

4th-5th Century AD

A rare example of the gem-carver’s art is this lapis lazuli eagle, possibly the finial (top) of an imperial scepter. Lapis enjoyed great popularity in the late Roman and Early Byzantine periods as its rich purple-blue color was associated with royalty. From the 3rd century on, the emperor, often appears on coins and medallions carrying an eagle scepter, emblem of victory and authority.

Source: The Walters Art Museum

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    I really, really, really love Lapis
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    #oh my god Romans#your eagles all look very silly (seascribe)
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