Seller: wear-the-past (2,383) 99.8%, Location: Salisbury, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 371778534738 This is an ancient Roman hardstone intaglio dating to the 2nd century A.D. it is finely cut with an image of a Bacchanalian panther, holding a thyrsus in his paw. The panther was the totem of Bacchus (Dionysus) the god of wine, revelry, and ritual madness. Dionysus riding on the back of a panther, is a theme often found in mosaics and vase painting. In this context, the Panther symbolizes the animal desires, that master us during drunkenness. As such it would make sense for a Roman who loves good wine and revelry, to have such a potent image for their seal. Today the ancient gem has survived in excellent excavated condition, retaining traces of the black pitch used to set the gemstone into a finger ring. This intaglio will be suitable for remounting into a gold signet ring today.OBJECT: IntaglioCULTURE: RomanDATE: c. 2nd century A.D.MATERIAL: CarnelianSIZE: 8.93mm x 8.91mm x 1.98mmWEIGHT: 0.3 gramsThis 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. Condition: Excellent excavated condition, see photographs and description., Type: Intaglio, Material: Carnelian, Colour: Orange, Culture: Roman, Date: c. 2nd century A.D.