Ancient Roman Jasper Intaglio of Cybele
This is an ancient Roman hardstone intaglio, dating to the 1st - 2nd century A.D. It is superbly cut on on a red jasper gemstone, with a representation of the "Great Mother" goddess Cybele. She is depicted as enthroned, holding a sceptre with a lion at her feet. such a gem would have once been set into a gold or silver signet ring, used as a private signature to authenticate letters and transactions. Today this ancient gem has survived intact and in excellent excavated condition.
DATE: c. 1st - 2nd century A.D.
SIZE: 14mm x 10mm x 3mm
WEIGHT: 0.8 grams
PROVENANCE: Ex. Private Collection, Marseille, France.