Year: 0-100 d.C.
Dimension: Hight 2,3 cm; Lenght 1,9 cm
Imperial Period, I century A.D. Red jasper intaglio, the oval bezel engraved with the profile head of Zeus, the god is turned to the left side and is characterized by the heavy beard and detailed engraved hair, wearing a laurel wreath on the head, expressive face, very interesting style inspired from Greek models
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.