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Gold Ring Featuring a Roman Carnelian Intaglio Depicting an Emperor - FJ.5460
Origin: Mediterranean
Circa: 1 st Century AD to 2 nd Century AD

Catalogue: V11
Collection: Jewelry
Medium: Carnelian and Gold

Location: United States
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This genuine ancient Roman carnelian intaglio seal has been mounted in a modern 18 karat gold ring.

The art of glyptics, carving on colored semiprecious stones, is possibly one of the oldest art forms known to man. Intaglios, gems with an incised design, were made as early as the fourth and third millennia B.C. in Mesopotamia and the Aegean islands, their virtuosity of execution suggesting an old tradition rooted in the earlier centuries. However, the gems from ancient Greece and Rome are worthy of special interest for it was then and there that the expressive and aesthetic language of glyptic was truly born. It was also during this period that portrait gems emerged.

This Roman carnelian intaglio, depicting the bust of an emperor, evidences this classic tradition of skilled carving, and the portrayal of an emotional intensity that is indeed exceptional. This striking intaglio, set in a gold ring that complements its ageless beauty, is a testament to the heritage of stone sculpting--an artistry whose grandness belies the small scale of the finished work of art.
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