This is a wonderful ancient Roman portrait intaglio, dating to the 2nd century A.D. It is finely cut with a recognizable head of a man (likely the original owner) with Antonine features. 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, used to seal and authenticate letters and transaction. Today this ancient gem has survived down to us in perfect condition, suitable for remounting into a gold signet ring today.
DATE: c. 2nd century A.D.
SIZE: 13mm x 11mm x 2mm
WEIGHT: 0.49 grams
PROVENANCE: Ex.Property of a London Gentleman; acquired by his father in the 1970s; thence by descent.
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