Classical Revival Intaglio depicting the Greek God Zeus

SKU FJ.5360
Circa

1700 AD to 1900 AD

Dimensions

1.5″ (3.8cm) high

Medium

Onyx

Origin

Europe

Gallery Location

USA


 

Mounted in a stunning 18 karat gold pendant.

Gem engraving is a miniaturistic art form whereby designs are cut into or on the surface of a gem. Intaglios, gemstones with an incised design below the surface of the gem, were made as early as the fourth and third millennia B.C. In Mesopotamia and the Aegean. However, it was in ancient Greece and Rome that the expressive and aesthetic language of gem engraving was truly born. The classic artisans carried engraving to an artistic level higher than ever seen before, borrowing their diverse themes from epic poetry and famous legends of gods and heroes.

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