This is a nice ancient Roman intaglio, dating to the 2nd - 3rd century A.D. It is nicely cut on a translucent chalcedony gemstone, with a bust of the god Apollo. It is a fine Roman gem, of the type often copied by the Georgians during the 18th century (but this piece is certainly ancient). 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. 2nd - 3rd century A.D.
SIZE: 13.23mm x 10.47mm x 2.82mm
WEIGHT: 0.65 grams
PROVENANCE: Ex. property of a private collector, Paris.
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