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Ancient Roman Amethyst Paste Equestrian Intaglio Horse & Palm c. 1st century AD

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Seller: wear-the-past (1,915) 100%, Location: Salisbury, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 371786786675 This is an ancient Roman amethyst paste intaglio, depicting a horse beside a palm-tree. Roman paste intaglios were popular from the 2nd century B.C. throughout the 1st and 2nd century A.D. They were usually cast in molds from original gems, especially antique and Greek versions. This intaglio is cast with a deep purple glass, imitation of an amethyst. It would have once seen set into a gold or silver finger ring, to be used as a private signature in sealing letters. The intaglio has been later reset into a silver finger ring, mounted into a specially designed bezel, keeping the intaglio tight and secureOBJECT: IntaglioCULTURE: RomanDATE: c. 1st century A.D.MATERIAL: Silver-gilt & amethyst pasteRING SIZE: 6 (US) M (UK)SIZE: 18.64mm x 17.92mm x 1.57mm (bezel 11.17mm x 8.02mm x 3.40mm)WEIGHT: 1 gramThis item is guaranteed authentic and dates to the period described. A written guarantee can be provided on request. We accept returns if you are not satisfied with your purchase.I am a fully qualified Archaeologist and small finds specialist. All items can be viewed in person on request at Grays, Mayfair in London. Please see my website for details. Condition: the ring is in good antique condition, ancient intaglio intact with no damage or repairs. A nice wearable intaglio ring - see description and photographs, Type: Rings, Material: Glass, Colour: Purple, Date: c. 1st century A.D., Culture: Roman

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