Ancient Roman Republican Banded Agate Intaglio of a Horse
This is a wonderful ancient Roman banded agate intaglio, dating to the 1st century B.C. It is finely cut with a representation of a prancing horse. Such as gem would have been set into a gold or silver signet ring, used to seal and authenticate letters and dispatches. Today this ancient gem has survived down to us in perfect condition, suitable for remounting into a gold signet ring today.
DATE: c. 1st century B.C.
SIZE: 11.14mm x 10.27mm x 4.32mm
WEIGHT: 0.8 grams
PROVENANCE: Ex. Private Collection