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Gold Ring Featuring a Classical Revival Carnelian Intaglio of an Emperor - FJ.6797
Origin: Europe
Circa: 18 th Century AD

Collection: Jewelry
Style: Classical Revival Intaglio Rings
Medium: Carnelian and Gold

$4,300.00
Location: United States
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This Gorgeous Intaglio Has Been Mounted in a Modern 18 Karat Gold Ring

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. 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 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. The bust of an emperor decorates the surface of this precious gemstone. The ruler wears a pointed crown and the folds of his drapery are visible covering his shoulders. The facial features, specifically the thick beard and stern brow, suggest that this portrait can be attributed to the infamous Caracalla. This beautiful seal, mounted in a gorgeous modern gold ring, celebrates antiquity as reinterpreted by the Victorian era.
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