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Roman Intaglio Depicting the Goddess Fortuna - FJ.6655
Origin: Mediterranean
Circa: 100 AD to 300 AD

Collection: Intaglio Jewelry
Medium: Carnelian, Gold

Additional Information: SOLD

Location: United States
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This Ancient Intaglio Has Been Set in a Stunning 21 Karat Gold Ring

Glyptics, carving images on colored precious stones, is probably one of the oldest art forms known to humanity. 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. 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 goddess of chance, Fortuna, stands wearing an elegant dress on this ancient Roman intaglio. She holds two of her attributes in her arms: a rudder and a cornucopia. These fitting emblems suggest that fortune directs the course of our lives like a rudder while possibly rewarding us with the unending abundance of the cornucopia. This intaglio demonstrates the absolute mastery of Roman glyptic craftsmen. The level of detail and clarity is stunning considering the limited proportions of the polished surface of the gemstone and the difficulty carving such dense, hard material. Today set in a 21 Karat gold ring, this gorgeous piece of jewelry invokes the glories of Ancient Rome. Wearing this ring reveals a love for the past and for the timeless beauty of the Classics. Surely, the goddess Fortuna has favored anyone so lucky to wear this stunning intaglio.

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