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Two Carnelian Intaglios Depicting a Female Figure Perhaps Victoria - FJ.6445
Origin: Europe
Circa: 1700 AD to 1800 AD

Collection: Ancient Seal Cufflinks
Medium: Carnelian/Gold


Additional Information: Sold

Location: United States
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These Intaglios are set in 18 Karat Gold Cuff links. 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 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. These charming intaglios have as their theme success and victory. Two fully armed soldiers face each other holding spears, with the soldier at right handing the other a wreath of victory. In the other, a female figure (perhaps Victoria), is standing dressed in a stola, holding two labarum (military ensigns) on either side. She is very noble and proud with her head held high for the world to see her conquest. Inspired by Imperial Roman coinage, it is hoped these intaglios bring success and good fortune to whomever wears them. - (FJ.6445)

 

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