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Gold Ring with Classical Revival Carnelian Intaglio of Tyche - FJ.6061
Origin: Europe
Circa: 1700 AD to 1900 AD

Collection: Jewelry
Medium: Carnelian/Gold


Additional Information: This Gorgeous Intaglio Has Been Set in a Modern 18 Karat Gold Ring
$2,400.00
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. The 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. On this stunning intaglio, the Greek goddess of fortune, Tyche, has been marvelously represented. Here. She is depicted wearing a crown of turreted city walls, indicating that she personifies a specific city. The bringer of luck, small devotional sculptures of Tyche and talismans bearing here image were quite popular in antiquity. Overall, this sumptuous piece of jewelry invokes a longing for the past and a rebirth of all things beautiful.
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