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Classical Revival Intaglio depicting a Roman Empress - FJ.5356
Origin: Europe
Circa: 1700 AD to 1900 AD

Catalogue: V11
Collection: Seal Pin/ Pendant/ Intaglio
Medium: Hematite-Gold

Location: United States
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Mounted in a stunning 18 karat gold pendant.

The art of glyptics, carving on colored semiprecious stones, is possibly one of the oldest art forms known to man. Intaglios, gems with an incised design, were made as early as the fourth and third millennia B.C. In Mesopotamia and the Aegean islands, their virtuosity of execution suggesting an old tradition rooted in the earlier centuries. However, the gems from ancient Greece and Rome are worthy of special interest for it was then and there that the expressive and aesthetic language of glyptics was truly born. It was also during this period that portrait gems emerged. This classical revival hematite intaglio, depicting the bust of an ancient roman emperor, evidences this classic tradition of skilled carving, and the portrayal of an emotional intensity that is indeed exceptional. This striking intaglio, set in a gold pendant that complements its ageless beauty, is a testament to the heritage of stone sculpting--an artistry whose grandness belies the small scale of the finished work of art.
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