This ancient Roman intaglio dates to the 2nd - 3rd century A.D. It is cut with a standing female figure holding a cornucopia in each hand from which Erotes emerge. This figure represents Cybele in the guise of Magna Mater ("Great Mother"). 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. 2nd - 3rd century A.D.
SIZE: 11mm x 9mm x 3mm
WEIGHT: 0.5 grams
PROVENANCE: Formerly in a Private Collection in Ontario, Canada
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