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Carnelian Intaglio Depicting An Erotic Scene - FJ.5922
Origin: Judean Hills/ Israel
Circa: 100 AD to 300 AD

Collection: Carnelian Seal Ring
Medium: Carnelian/Gold


Additional Information: SOLD

Location: United States
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Rings were very popular in the Roman Empire, occasionally collected in great numbers by wealthy individuals. The Roman writer Martial speaks of a man who wore six rings on every finger day and night because he did not own a ring case! This exciting intaglio shows a nearly naked young woman riding on the back of an enormous phallus. There is a strong suggestion that this gem was commissioned, either for someone with erotic tastes, or as an insignia of a fertility cult. It should also be mentioned that pornography in the form of vase paintings, wall paintings, oil lamps and mirror covers were popular in the Republic and Imperial period, particularly among the-Julio-Claudian emperors. On this intaglio humor blends with sexuality in an esoteric image that will be a continuous source of amazement and amusement. - (FJ.5922)

 

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