This is an ancient Roman intaglio, dating to the 2nd century A.D. It is cut on a carnelian gemstone, with a lively depiction of a centaur. This likely represents Chiron, the "wisest and justest of all the centaurs". 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 with a large chip to the side, luckily the main design has remained intact still leaves a good impression.
DATE: c. 2nd century A.D.
SIZE: 12.98mm x 12.18mm x 3.55mm
WEIGHT: 0.76 grams
PROVENANCE: Ex. property of a private collector, Paris.
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