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Gold Ring with Classical Revival Carnelian Intaglio of Aesculapius - FJ.6178
Origin: Europe
Circa: 1700 AD to 1800 AD

Collection: Jewelry
Medium: Carnelian/Gold


Additional Information: This Gorgeous Seal Has Been Set in a Modern 18 Karat Gold Ring
$2,800.00
Location: United States
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Description
The art of glyptics, or carving on colored precious stones, is probably one of the oldest known to humanity. Intaglios, gems with an incised design, were made as early as the fourth and third millennia B.C. in Mesopotamia and the Aegean Islands. They exhibit a virtuosity of execution that suggests an old and stable tradition rooted in the earliest centuries. The tools required for carving gems were simple: a wheel with a belt-drive and a set of drills. A special difficulty of engraving intaglios, aside from their miniature size, was that the master had to work with a mirror-image in mind.

The Classical Revival was a phenomenon that swept through Europe in the 18th and 19th Centuries. A new appreciation for antiquity and ancient art forms was fostered by discoveries in the nascent scientific field of archaeology. Perhaps the Classical Revival also reveals a latent longing towards the Arcadian lifestyles of yesterday abandoned as Europe became rapidly industrialized and increasingly urbanized. Engraved upon the polished surface of this precious gemstone is a depiction of Aesculapius, the god of medicine. The tremendous detail and mastery of the carving demonstrates the impressive artistry and skills of 18th Century glyptic carvers and their ability to mimic the beautiful intaglios of antiquity. Perhaps this seal would have been worn to heal the sick, invoking the divine will of Aesculapius.
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