Ancient Roman intaglio portrait of goddess Diana
This is an ancient Roman intaglio, dating to the 3rd century AD. The intaglio is cut with a portrait of Diana (goddess of the Hunt), with bow and quiver on her shoulder. The gem is in excellent condition with no chips or cracks. Such an intaglio would have originally been set into a signet ring, worn by a hunter, or someone seeking divine protection or guidance from Diana (Artemis). She was the hunting goddess, associated with wild animals and woodlands. The intaglio would have acted as a private signature, used to seal wax on letters and transactions.
DATE: c. 2nd - 3rd century A.D.
SIZE: 10.42mm x 7.10mm x 2.86mm
WEIGHT: 0.36 grams
PROVENANCE: Formerly the property of a private collector, Cambridge.
Pre 1600, Roman