This is a delightful ancient Roman intaglio, dating to the 2nd century A.D. It is nicely cut of a transparent chalcedony gemstone, with the bust of Eros. 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 century A.D.
SIZE: 12mm x 10mm x 2mm
WEIGHT: 0.35 grams
PROVENANCE: Ex. property of a private collector, Paris.
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