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Carnelian Intaglio Depicting Pallas Athena Holding Victory - FJ.5989
Origin: Europe
Circa: 100 AD to 300 AD

Collection: Seal Rings/Intaglios
Medium: Carnelian/Gold


Additional Information: SOLD

Location: United States
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Athena was described in ancient times as being tall, majestic and having gray eyes. She was Goddess of war and aligned herself with the Greeks against the Trojans. She presided over the arts and literature, particularly philosophy; as well as being patroness of spinners, weavers and embroiderers and protector’s of Athens. Her attributes are a sword, helmet and shield on which is often the image of the Gorgon Medusa. This delightful ring combines the essence of the ancient world with the refined tastes of the eighteenth century. Here we see Athena holding the winged Nike or Goddess of victory on the palm of her hand. Her spear and shield are faithfully at her side. Athena not only stands for success in battle, she is the indomitable female figure-- independent, powerful and brilliant. It is therefore appropriate her image is engraved on a gem of which the German poet Goethe said, " The carnelian will move to love, and from such a gem a woman gains sweet hope and comfort." Let this ring bring the woman who next wears it such joys and more! - (FJ.5989)

 

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