This is an ancient Roman jasper intaglio, dating to the 1st - 2nd century A.D. It is nicely cut with a juxtaposed portrait of Silenus and Dionysus holding a thyrsus. This refers to Silenus the older teacher of Dionysus the god of wine (drunkenness and revelry) who Silenus taught how to party! Such a gem would have originally been set into a gold or silver finger ring, worn as a seal.
DATE: c. 1st - 2nd century A.D.
SIZE: 10mm x 8mm x 2mm
WEIGHT: 0.41 grams
PROVENANCE: Formerly the property of a Mayfair gentleman.
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