This is an ancient Roman intaglio, dating to the 1st - 2nd century A.D. It is cut with a standing male figure holding a staff entwined with a serpent. This figure represents Asclepius, the god of medicine, healing, rejuvenation and physicians. The gem would have originally been set into a gold or silver signet ring to seal and authenticate documents and letters. It is a wonderful gem in excellent condition, suitable for remounting into a gold signet ring today.
DATE: c. 1st - 2nd century A.D.
SIZE: 14mm x 12mm x 4mm
WEIGHT: 1.3 grams
PROVENANCE: Formerly in a Private Collection in Ontario, Canada
Please fill in the information below