1700 AD to 1900 AD
This antique seal has been mounted in a modern 18 karat gold ring.
The art of glyptics, carving on colored semiprecious stones, is probably one of the oldest art forms known to man. Intaglios, gems with an incised design, were made as early as the fourth and third millennia B.C. In Mesopotamia and the Aegean islands, their virtuosity of execution suggesting an old tradition rooted in the earlier centuries. However, the gems from ancient Greece and Rome are worthy of special interest for it was then and there that the expressive and aesthetic language of glyptics was truly born. It was also during this period that portrait gems emerged. This classical revival intaglio, depicting an ancient Roman emperor, evidences this classic tradition of skilled carving, and the portrayal of an emotional intensity that is indeed exceptional. This striking intaglio, set in a gold ring that complements its ageless beauty, is a testament to the heritage of stone sculpting- -an artistry whose grandness belies the small scale of the finished work of art.Login to view price