Seller: wear-the-past (2,024) 99.7%, Location: Salisbury, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 371785916447 ............ This is a rare ancient Roman carnelian intaglio, dating to the 3rd century A.D. This gem, depicts a stylized image of the cult statue of Artemis, held in the sanctuary at her temple in Ephesus (one of the seven wonders of the ancient world). The gemmarius of this intaglio, had cut a linear version possibly, from memory rather than from life. I have sold another Ephesus gem of excellent representation (found here). Such an intaglio would have been mounted into a gold finger ring, used to seal and authenticate documents and letters. This is piece is in excavated condition, intact but chipped at the back (this will not be seen if mounted into gold ring) would benefit remounting into a gold signet ring for contemporary wear.OBJECT: IntaglioCULTURE: RomanDATE: c. 3rd century A.D.MATERIAL: CarnelianSIZE: 13.57mm x 10.50mm x 3.33mmWEIGHT: 0.8gThis 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: good excavated condition, main image fine, large chip on back of gem, not noticeable when mounted., Type: Intaglio, Material: Carnelian, Colour: Orange, Culture: Roman, Date: c. 3rd century A.D.