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Classical Revival Carnelian Intaglio - FJ.5209
Origin: Europe
Circa: 1700 AD to 1900 AD

Collection: Seal Ring/ Intaglio
Medium: Carnelian-Gold

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

The art of glyptics, carving on gemstones, is probably one of the oldest art forms known to man. Intaglios, gemstones with an incised design, were made as early as the fourth and third millennia B.C. In Mesopotamia and the Aegean. However, it was in ancient Greece and Rome that the expressive and aesthetic language of glyptics was truly born, with artists borrowing themes from epic poetry and legends of gods and heroes. In this stunning example, created during the later classical revival period, we see the ancient beauty and exceptional artistry displayed in a carnelian intaglio depicting a bust of the Greco-Egyptian god, Serapis, a deity who combined the attributes of the Egyptian gods Osiris and Apis. Below the image of Serapis appears a stunning portray al of an eagle, the ancient symbol of victory. Flanking the eagle are two tall pedestals, atop which stands a small winged god, each deity reaching toward the bust of Serapis with a laurel wreath ln hand. Floating above the outstretched wings of the eagle is a star and a crescent moon. The detailed and exquisite rendering of this extraordinary intaglio is truly a testament to an age-old tradition, begun thousands of years ago and continuing down through the ages. Framed in a regal gold setting, this classical revival intaglio radiates a bold presence, not unlike that of the ancient god Serapis himself.
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