Cameo with portrait of a lady and Greek epigram

Onyx and gilded silver
16th century?

This cameo with the portrait of an unidentified lady, set within a rich frame, entered the collection in 1763 and was described as “one of the most exquisite jewels that adorns the museum”. The reverse is engraved with a Greek love poem, translated by Juan de Iriarte in 1769: “If you love me as I love you, double shall my fortune be, but if you detest me, then may I see you as hated as once of me you were beloved.”


In this section of the catalogue you can learn about the coins that have existed through the ages, from the first pieces struck circa 600 BC to the ones used in the Late Modern Era. These objects are important testimonies of their day, providing information about the economy, politics, ideology and religious beliefs of the societies and cultures that issued them.

Denario Ibérico



As de Cesaraugusta, reverso

Hispano-Roman and Visigothic kingdom


Dobla de Muhammad XII

Middle Ages


Cien escudos de Felipe IV

Modern Era


tetradracma Ptolomeo II y Arsinoe



Tetradracma de Messana