This is an ancient Greco-Roman intaglio, dating to the 1st century B.C. - A.D. It is nicely cut on a carnelian gemstone, with a depiction of the god Hephaestus (or Roman Vulcan) god of metalsmiths, craftsmen and jewellers. The gem would have originally been set into a gold or silver signet ring, used to seal and authenticate letters and transactions. Today this ancient gem has survived down to us in perfect condition, suitable for remounting or to add to your collection.
DATE: c. 1st century B.C. - 1st century A.D.
SIZE: 9.82mm x 7.90mm x 1.28mm
WEIGHT: 0.15 grams
PROVENANCE: Ex. Zurqieh, Dubai
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