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This is an ancient Roman intaglio, dating to the 1st - 2nd century A.D. It is cut with a profile portrait of Serapis wearing his modius headdress and beard. Originally this intaglio would have been set into a silver or gold ring, used as a private signature to seal letters. Today it has survived in good excavated condition, suitable for remounting if one so wishes.
DATE: c. 1st - 2nd century A.D.
SIZE: 14mm x 11mm x 3mm
WEIGHT: 0.8 grams
PROVENANCE: Formerly in a Private Collection, Ontario, Canada