Ancient Roman Carnelian Intaglio of Hippocrates Doctor Physician

Code: 10246    

£525.00
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This is a very expressive ancient Roman portrait intaglio, dating to the 2nd century A.D. It is finely cut with a portrait of Hippocrates, often referred to as the "Father of Medicine". The gem would date from the early to mid 2nd century, during the reign of Emperors Hadrian to Marcus Aurelius. It would have been set into a gold or silver signet ring, (likely used by a Doctor or Physician) to seal and authenticate letters and prescriptions. Today this ancient gem has survived down to us in perfect condition, suitable for remounting into a gold signet ring today. 

OBJECT: Intaglio

CULTURE: Roman

DATE: c. 2nd century A.D.

MATERIAL: Carnelian

SIZE: 16mm x 13mm x 5mm 

WEIGHT: 1.99 grams

PROVENANCE: Ex. property of a private collector, Paris.

Ancient Roman Carnelian Intaglio of Hippocrates Doctor Physician
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