Impression of an ancient Greek rock crystal intaglio, dating to the 5th - 4th century B.C. That I believe to be an early representation of a phoenix, depicted in the moment of it's death and resurrection. The large domed intaglio is finely cut, with an image of a bird like creature, surrounded by magical fire swirls. The intaglio has a linear border, similar to that found on ancient scaraboid seals from Egypt, Etruria and Phoenicia.This exquisite piece of ancient art, is beautifully
This is an impression of an ancient Greek hardstone intaglio depicting a superbly sculpted crab, it would date to the 3rd - 4th century BC. The intaglio is cut from a pale rock crystal gemstone, thus making it difficult to capture the true beauty and skill involved in the design. I have included an impression to give you an idea of the quality of this early piece of glyptic art. Such intaglios depicting nature were in vogue during the Hellenistic period, when appreciation of natural beauty…
This is an impression of a n ancient Roman intaglio of Minerva, dating to the 1st century A.D. The gem is cut on an emerald green chalcedony, that would have been considered an emerald during the 1st century. The gem has an old collection label on the reserve, is of good shape and has a nicely cut details. Minerva is shown here in her classic pose, holding victory in one hand, with a shield, spear and helmeted.
This is a RARE ancient Roman Sard intaglio, dating 2nd - 3rd century A.D. This important gem, depicts the cult statue of Artemis, held in the sanctuary at her temple in Ephesus (one of the seven wonders of the ancient world). This piece of miniature sculpture depicts her in full glory, as she would have appeared to pilgrims of this important shrine. The engraved figure of Artemis (Diana) is surrounded by gnostic markings, wearing a modius crown and layered dress,..