Roman Garnet Intaglio of Janus

Code: 10456


This is an ancient Roman garnet intaglio, dating to the 2nd -  1st century B.C.  It is simply cut with a portrait of the god Janus, of beginnings, gates, transitions, time, duality, doorways, passages, and endings. He is depicted here with an older bearded face and a younger bearless face, symbolizing past and future. The gem would have once been set into a gold finger ring, used to seal and authenticate letters. Today it has survived in excellent condition, suitable for remounting.

OBJECT: Intaglio


DATE: c. 2nd - 1st century B.C.


SIZE: 13mm x 9mm x 5mm

WEIGHT: 1.2 grams

PROVENANCE: Ex. property of a private collector, Paris

Roman Garnet Intaglio of Janus