Roman Art

LAPIS INTAGLIO WITH LION

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Year: 100-0 a.C.

Dimension: Higth 0,8 cm; Lenght 1 cm

Note:

Chipped

Price: €220.00

Description:

I century B.C. Flat rectangular stone, blue lapis intaglio, engraved with the figure of a lion. The lion was a popular motif in antiquity and was used to represent courage and victory as well as Leo, fifth sign of the zodiac. 

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.
Cod.17/2002

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