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Orange chalcedony intaglio: the Dioskouroi.

Orange chalcedony intaglio: the Dioskouroi.

Fragment of an orange-red cornelian intaglio: woman seated on a winged phallus.

Fragment of an orange-red cornelian intaglio: woman seated on a winged phallus.

Banded cream and fawn agate intaglio: lynx to right, crouching to spring.

Red jasper intaglio: Diomedes with the Palladion.

Red jasper intaglio: Diomedes with the Palladion.

Convex pale sard intaglio; bearded hunchback running to the right, holding objects in his extended left arm.

bearded hunchback running to the right, holding objects in his extended left arm.

Red-orange cornelian intaglio: warrior to left.

Red-orange cornelian intaglio: warrior to left.

Carnelian intaglio. Fortuna to front, facing right, with cornucopia and rudder.

Fortuna to front, facing right, with cornucopia and rudder.

Yellow-white translucent chalcedony intaglio: man at a column, with a deer.

Yellow-white translucent chalcedony intaglio: man at a column, with a deer.

Minoan style bull intaglio from a 15th century B.C. grave with more than 1,400 objects.  Southern Greece.

Minoan style bull intaglio from a century B. grave with more than objects.

Grey and black agate intaglio: the Dioskouroi.

Grey and black agate intaglio: the Dioskouroi.

Intaglio; lapis lazuli; male figure with mantle flowing from shoulders, standing to right within wreath; in gilt ring.

male figure with mantle flowing from shoulders, standing to right within wreath; in gilt ring.

This is a wonderful ancient Roman red jasper intaglio, dating to the 1st - 2nd century A.D. It is boldly sculpted with a portrait of a bearded gentleman, with deep herculean features. It was likely a portrait of the original owner, who paid for his likeness to be cut in miniature by a top gemmarius of the day. Though it could be viewed as an image of Hercules, though he is rarely depicted without a club or lion skin in ancient art. During the 1st and 2nd century A.D. there was a vogue for…

Ancient Roman Jasper Intaglio Gemstone Portrait Gentleman c.

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