Ancient Roman hardstone cameo of an Imperial Eagle

Ancient Roman hardstone cameo of an Imperial Eagle

Code: 11538

£1,800.00
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This is an ancient Roman hardstone cameo of an Imperial Eagle, dating to the 1st - 2nd century A.D. The gem is nicely cut on two-layer agate, with the background a pale translucent grey. The eagle is cut on the white layer, which contrasts with the background. The size of this gem would indicate it was originally set into a pendant or finger ring. The eagle was sacred to the god Jupiter, used as a prominent symbol of Rome and her Legions.  

This is a very competent and well-sculpted ancient gem in excellent condition. 

OBJECT: Cameo

CULTURE: Roman

DATE: c. 1st - 2nd century A.D.

MATERIALAgate

SIZE: 18mm x 13mm x 7mm

WEIGHT: 1.83 grams

PROVENANCE: Private French collection of a lady, acquired from a Paris gallery prior to 2000.