Intaglio Jewelry :
Classical Revival Seal Rings : Gold Ring with Classical Revival Garnet Intaglio of a Man Feeding a Dog
Gold Ring with Classical Revival Garnet Intaglio of a Man Feeding a Dog - FJ.6622
Medium: Garnet and Gold
Location: United States
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The art of glyptics, or carving on colored
precious stones, is probably one of the oldest
known to humanity. Intaglios, gems with an
incised design, were made as early as the fourth
and third millennia B.C. in Mesopotamia and the
Aegean Islands. They exhibit a virtuosity of
execution that suggests an old and stable
tradition rooted in the earliest centuries. The
tools required for carving gems were simple: a
wheel with a belt-drive and a set of drills. A
special difficulty of engraving intaglios, aside
from their miniature size, was that the master
had to work with a mirror-image in mind.
The Classical Revival was a phenomenon that
swept through Europe in the 18th and 19th
Centuries. A new appreciation for antiquity and
ancient art forms was fostered by discoveries in
the nascent scientific field of archaeology.
Perhaps the Classical Revival also reveals a latent
longing towards the Arcadian lifestyles of
yesterday abandoned as Europe became rapidly
industrialized and increasingly urbanized.
Engraved upon the polished surface of this
precious gemstone is a scene of a naked man
bending forward to feed his trusty canine
companion who heels at his side. Might this be
a scene from a myth? Surely this simple yet
rewarding act can be easily identified with.
Throughout the ages, dogs have faithfully stood
by humans, our finest animal companions, from
the Roman Era, to the Victorian Age, to today.
Set inside the lovely gold ring with an engraved
decorative pattern, this intaglio seal is a fitting
memorial to the Classics it honors.