Roman Art

CARNELIAN INTAGLIO WITH SEA HORSE

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Year: 0-100 d.C.

Dimension: Higth 1 cm; Lenght 1,1 cm

Note:

Intact

Price: €180.00

Description:

Imperial Period, I-II century A.D. Convex oval stone, engraved with the figure of a sea horse, the marine creature swim towards the left and is characterized by a horse protome ending with a fish tail, on the back a trident.

Glyptic, or "glyptic art", covers the field of small carved stones, including cylinder seals and inscriptions, especially in an archaeological context. Though they were keenly collected in antiquity, most carved gems originally functioned as seals, often mounted in a ring; intaglio designs register most clearly when viewed by the recipient of a letter as an impression in hardened wax. A finely carved seal was practical, as it made forgery more difficult - the distinctive personal signature did not really exist in antiquity.

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