Seller: wear-the-past (2,024) 99.7%, Location: Salisbury, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 371786220246 This is an ancient Roman carnelian intaglio, dating to the 2nd century A.D. It is finely cut with a delightful scene of Cupid (Eros) mischievously attempting to trap a goose ( the sacred bird of his mother Venus). This alludes to the pursuit of love, attempting to catch a difficult or challenging conquest! Sadly there is a chip to Cupid's wing, otherwise it is in good excavated condition. Originally this gem would have been set within a gold or silver signet ring, used to seal and authenticate documents. Today this intaglio is suitable for remounting into a gold finger ring or added to your collection.OBJECT: Intaglio gemCULTURE: RomanDATE: c. 2nd century A.D.MATERIAL: Carnelian gemstoneSIZE: 10.6mm x 7.9mm x 2.4mmWEIGHT: 0.3gThis 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, ancient chip to Eros wing, Type: Intaglio, Material: Carnelian, Colour: Orange, Culture: Roman, Date: c. 2nd century A.D.