This is an ancient Roman hardstone cameo, dating to the 1st century B.C. / A.D. The cameo is cut on a layered onyx, with the upper white layer utilized for the portrait. The background appears black, but under a very strong light it is made from a dark brown/red onyx. This type of gem was highly sought for the light blue hues, mostly used on intaglios, known during this period as an Arabian Onyx (nicolo). The male portrait is very detailed and would have represented a 'known' person (i.e. a…

This is an ancient Roman hardstone cameo, dating to the 1st century B.C. / A.D. The cameo is cut on a layered onyx, with the upper white layer utilized for the portrait. The background appears black, but under a very strong light it is made from a dark brown/red onyx. This type of gem was highly sought for the light blue hues, mostly used on intaglios, known during this period as an Arabian Onyx (nicolo). The male portrait is very detailed and would have represented a 'known' person (i.e. a…

This is an ancient Roman hardstone intaglio depicting Aequitas holding sceptre and scales, the intaglio dates to the 1st century AD. Æquitas or Equitas is the deified personification of equity or fairness. She is most often depicted (as on this gem) holding a pair of scales to represent fair dealings and equality. She is shown in a dignified pose, wearing a diadem and holding a scepter or staff, and sometimes She is also given a cornucopia, the symbol of abundance and wealth. She represents…

This is an ancient Roman hardstone intaglio depicting Aequitas holding sceptre and scales, the intaglio dates to the 1st century AD. Æquitas or Equitas is the deified personification of equity or fairness. She is most often depicted (as on this gem) holding a pair of scales to represent fair dealings and equality. She is shown in a dignified pose, wearing a diadem and holding a scepter or staff, and sometimes She is also given a cornucopia, the symbol of abundance and wealth. She represents…

This is an ancient Roman jasper intaglio dating to the 1st - 2nd century A.D. Remounted into an 18k gold finger ring hallmarked for Birmingham 1919. The intaglio is wonderfully cut with a cockerel standing beside a cornucopaie, the cockerel was one of the totem animals of Mercury (Hermes) god of trade, commerce and a messenger of the gods. The jasper is a deep red, classic of the late 1st century. This is a wonderful and unique antique ring, full of quality and character. This is a great way…

This is an ancient Roman jasper intaglio dating to the 1st - 2nd century A.D. Remounted into an 18k gold finger ring hallmarked for Birmingham 1919. The intaglio is wonderfully cut with a cockerel standing beside a cornucopaie, the cockerel was one of the totem animals of Mercury (Hermes) god of trade, commerce and a messenger of the gods. The jasper is a deep red, classic of the late 1st century. This is a wonderful and unique antique ring, full of quality and character. This is a great way…

This is an ancient Greek rock crystal intaglio, dating to the 5th - 4th century B.C. That I believe to be an early representation of a phoenix, depicted in the moment of it's death and resurrection. The large domed intaglio is finely cut, with an image of a bird like creature, surrounded by magical fire swirls. The intaglio has a linear border, similar to that found on ancient scaraboid seals from Egypt, Etruria and Phoenicia. This exquisite piece of ancient art, is beautifully designed and…

This is an ancient Greek rock crystal intaglio, dating to the 5th - 4th century B.C. That I believe to be an early representation of a phoenix, depicted in the moment of it's death and resurrection. The large domed intaglio is finely cut, with an image of a bird like creature, surrounded by magical fire swirls. The intaglio has a linear border, similar to that found on ancient scaraboid seals from Egypt, Etruria and Phoenicia. This exquisite piece of ancient art, is beautifully designed and…

This is a very rare and important Gnostic Magical Gem, of Abraxas. It would date to the 2nd or 3rd century AD. Likely made in Alexandria (Egypt) home of the Gnostic sect of early Christianity who delved into the mystical and magic realms. It is fully inscribed with magical text, both on the front and back.This intaglio is made from lapis lazuli gemstone, with deep blue hues and flecks of gold. This gem alludes to the heavens with the colours of a dark blue night sky.

This is a very rare and important Gnostic Magical Gem, of Abraxas. It would date to the 2nd or 3rd century AD. Likely made in Alexandria (Egypt) home of the Gnostic sect of early Christianity who delved into the mystical and magic realms. It is fully inscribed with magical text, both on the front and back.This intaglio is made from lapis lazuli gemstone, with deep blue hues and flecks of gold. This gem alludes to the heavens with the colours of a dark blue night sky.

This is a charming ancient Roman portrait cameo of Cupid, dating to the 2nd century A.D. Beautifully cut on a dark sard or garnet gemstone. He has a wonderful expression and lots of character, something to delight the ladies mounted into a gold finger ring. Such cameos were popular, especially in the late Hellenistic period, but I feel this gem to be much later as a 2nd century Roman work of art. Erotes cameos, were expressions of love, they were emotive subjects that were given as tokens...

This is a charming ancient Roman portrait cameo of Cupid, dating to the 2nd century A.D. Beautifully cut on a dark sard or garnet gemstone. He has a wonderful expression and lots of character, something to delight the ladies mounted into a gold finger ring. Such cameos were popular, especially in the late Hellenistic period, but I feel this gem to be much later as a 2nd century Roman work of art. Erotes cameos, were expressions of love, they were emotive subjects that were given as tokens...

This is a delightful Roman intaglio ring, dating to the 2nd century A.D. The Nicolo glass intaglio depicts an image of Eros (Cupid) riding on a dolphin, a popular subject in Roman art, being an allegory of love. This ring was found on a Roman Villa site in Kent (2001) being recorded at the time by the portable antiquities scheme. I would appear that the dolphin and Eros riding a dolphin was a particular favorite in Britain, being surrounded by the sea and with an important naval network…

This is a delightful Roman intaglio ring, dating to the 2nd century A.D. The Nicolo glass intaglio depicts an image of Eros (Cupid) riding on a dolphin, a popular subject in Roman art, being an allegory of love. This ring was found on a Roman Villa site in Kent (2001) being recorded at the time by the portable antiquities scheme. I would appear that the dolphin and Eros riding a dolphin was a particular favorite in Britain, being surrounded by the sea and with an important naval network…

This is a fabulous ancient Roman Nicolo onyx intaglio, dating to the late 1st century B.C. The intaglio is finely cut on a layered Arabian Onyx gemstone, one of the most highly prized of intaglio gems, of the late Republic. Here we see Eros (Cupid) riding at haste in a biga chariot, drawn by two lively horses. You can feel the urgency and speed, as Eros with a thyrsus as a whip urges his two steeds onward - no doubt to a Bacchanalian party!

This is a fabulous ancient Roman Nicolo onyx intaglio, dating to the late 1st century B.C. The intaglio is finely cut on a layered Arabian Onyx gemstone, one of the most highly prized of intaglio gems, of the late Republic. Here we see Eros (Cupid) riding at haste in a biga chariot, drawn by two lively horses. You can feel the urgency and speed, as Eros with a thyrsus as a whip urges his two steeds onward - no doubt to a Bacchanalian party!

This is a superb ancient Roman agate cameo, dating to the 2nd century A.D. The gem is boldly sculpted with a portrait of the Deified Augusta Faustina Minor, daughter of emperor Antoninus Pius and wife to emperor Marcus Aurelius. She was Deified in 175 A.D., given the honours by her husband as a goddess, to be revered and worshiped by the state. In her memory temples were set up, cult objects such as figurines, statues and miniature works of art such as this cameo, would have been…

This is a superb ancient Roman agate cameo, dating to the 2nd century A.D. The gem is boldly sculpted with a portrait of the Deified Augusta Faustina Minor, daughter of emperor Antoninus Pius and wife to emperor Marcus Aurelius. She was Deified in 175 A.D., given the honours by her husband as a goddess, to be revered and worshiped by the state. In her memory temples were set up, cult objects such as figurines, statues and miniature works of art such as this cameo, would have been…

This is an ancient Roman silver intaglio ring, dating to the 2nd - 3rd century A.D. The intaglio is made from blue and black glass, cast in the form of a costly 'nicolo' Arabian onyx. the design is quite hard to make out, but is in the form of a stylized pair of clasped hands known as a 'dextrarum iunctio' right hands joining. This is a timeless symbol of trust, loyalty and friendship - used also in the marriage ceremony. Such an intaglio ring would have been used to seal letters and…

This is an ancient Roman silver intaglio ring, dating to the 2nd - 3rd century A.D. The intaglio is made from blue and black glass, cast in the form of a costly 'nicolo' Arabian onyx. the design is quite hard to make out, but is in the form of a stylized pair of clasped hands known as a 'dextrarum iunctio' right hands joining. This is a timeless symbol of trust, loyalty and friendship - used also in the marriage ceremony. Such an intaglio ring would have been used to seal letters and…

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