Ancient Etruscan Greek Carnelian Intaglio of a Locust
This is a wonderful ancient Etruscan intaglio, dating to the late 4th - 3rd century B.C. The gem is cut in 'globolo style', with a representation of a locust. Insects were popular on ancient Greek gems, from the 5th century B.C. This intaglio would have once been set into a gold or silver signet ring, used to seal and authenticate letters and writings. Today this ancient gem has survived in excellent condition, an ideal piece to be reset or added to an important collection.
DATE: c. 3rd century B.C.
SIZE: 13mm x 10mm x 3mm
WEIGHT: 0.61 grams
PROVENANCE: Ex. property of a private collector, Paris.