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Roman Carnelian Intaglio Depicting Cupid - FJ.6626
Origin: Mediterranean
Circa: 1 st Century AD to 3 rd Century AD

Medium: Carnelian-Gold

Additional Information: SOLD

Location: United States
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This Ancient Intaglio Has Been Set in a Modern 18 Karat Gold Ring

Glyptics, or carving on colored precious stones, is one of the oldest known art forms. Intaglios, gems with an incised design, were made as early as the fourth 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. Abrasives were necessary since the minerals used were too hard for a metal edge. One difficulty of engraving intaglios, aside from their miniature proportions, was that the master had to work with a mirror-image in mind.

Cupid was the celebrated god of love in Roman mythology. The name Cupid is a variation on the word “cupido” (desire), and this god was also known by the name Amor (Love). It was commonly believed that Cupid was the child of Venus, the Roman goddess of love, and this association between Venus and Cupid was often reinforced in popular myths, poetry, literature, and art.

The ancient intaglio of Cupid is a stunning centerpiece of this ring. The winged god holds an offering cup as he rises out of a larger vessel, all engraved with the intricacy of a masterpiece. The hue of the gold and the deep umber hue of the carnelian perfectly complement each other. Love is perhaps the most powerful emotion, driving humans to extremes. Love as embodied by mischievous Cupid manipulates the vulnerability and desperation of anguished lovers. Cupid carelessly plays with our hearts as if they were his toys. However, when one wears this ring, it demonstrates a restraint over the wilder impulses of lover. On our fingers, Cupid is no longer devious, but an emblem of the beauty and joys of love.
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