Intaglio Jewelry :
Classical Revival Seal Rings : Gold Ring Featuring a Classical Revival Intaglio of Aphrodite and Eros
Gold Ring Featuring a Classical Revival Intaglio of Aphrodite and Eros - FJ.6381
Collection: Intaglio Jewelry
Medium: Carnelian and Gold
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This genuine antique Classical Revival carnelian
intaglio seal has been mounted in a modern 18
karat gold ring.
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 BC in Mesopotamia and the
Aegean Islands. They display 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.
Abrasives were necessary since the minerals
used were too hard for a "metal edge. A special
difficulty of engraving intaglios, aside from their
miniature size, was that the master had to work
with a mirror-image in mind.
Aphrodite, (Roman Venus), goddess of love, and
her impish son Eros (Cupid) are among the most
popular themes in ancient and Renaissance art.
In mythology Eros, the little winged god, was
forever troubling the hearts of men with arrows
of love; sometimes hitting the mark, and more
often causing comic confusion. Here we see
Aphrodite scantily clad in a light wrap stepping
aside from Eros, who seems to be particularly
prankish. A sense of whimsy and fun is
wonderfully captured on this finely engraved
intaglio, bringing to life myths the Western world
has enjoyed for centuries.