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509, Horatius Cocles defends the bridge. Horatius is on horseback (shield device a bearded head). Six followers with pickaxes, hammers, and spades, work behind him, and he is faced by warriors with shields (head devices), bow, spears, and swords, one falling, two others and a broken spear and helmet in the water. The bridge has five arches.

  • Record Number: 40005172
  • Sub-database: Marlborough
  • Reference Number: 509
  • Period of Original Gem: Renaissance
  • Material of Original Gem: Onyx
  • Description: Horatius Cocles defends the bridge. Horatius is on horseback (shield device a bearded head). Six followers with pickaxes, hammers, and spades, work behind him, and he is faced by warriors with shields (head devices), bow, spears, and swords, one falling, two others and a broken spear and helmet in the water. The bridge has five arches.
  • Last Recorded Collection: Unknown
  • Previous Collections:
    • Story-Maskelyne, M.H.: The Marlborough Gems (1870): no. 596
    • Boardman, J., Scarisbrick, D., Wagner C., Zwierlein-Diehl, E: The Marlborough Gems (2009): no. 509
  • Shape: Cameo
  • Size: 38x26
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