Ancient Roman Carnelian Intaglio of a Greek Hero / Hoplite
This is an ancient Roman intaglio, dating to the 1st century B.C. / 1st century A.D. It is nicely cut on a fiery orange carnelian gemstone, with an image of a crouching Greek warrior. Likely a Hero of ancient myth or a Spartan warrior. He is depicted naked, except for the helmet, a sword hangs from the back, holding a round Spartan shield and spear. This 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 / A.D. (50 B.C. - 50 A.D. +/-)
SIZE: 11mm dia x 3mm
WEIGHT: 0.45 grams
PROVENANCE: Ex. property of a private collector, Paris