This is an ancient Roman intaglio, dating to the 2nd - 3rd century A.D. The intaglio is simply cut with an image of Diana (goddess of the Hunt), drawing an arrow from her quiver, whilst her hound leaps at her side. Such an intaglio would have originally been set into a signet ring, worn by a hunter, or someone seeking divine protection or guidance from Diana (Artemis). She was the hunting goddess, associated with wild animals and woodlands. The intaglio would have acted as a private signature, used to seal wax on letters and transactions.
DATE: c. 2nd - 3rd century A.D.
SIZE: 12mm x 10mm x 4mm
WEIGHT: 0.62 grams
PROVENANCE: Ex. Old Rheinland-Pfalz collection, 1970-1999.
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