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Intaglio; carbuncle; bust of bearded philosopher(?), three-quarters, wearing mantle; stone hollowed at back in oriental manner to increase transparency and brilliance; in gold ring.

bust of bearded philosopher(? stone hollowed at back in oriental manner to increase transparency and brilliance; in gold ring.

Intaglio; amethyst; winged head of Medusa to right, bent slightly downwards, eyelids drooping; wings in hair and snakes knotted under chin; in gold ring with blue enamel and swivel.

winged head of Medusa to right, bent slightly downwards, eyelids drooping; wings in hair and snakes knotted under chin; in gold ring with blue enamel and swivel.

Intaglio; sard; head of the Emperor Vitellius to right; stone fractured at top, filled in gold; in gold ring.

head of the Emperor Vitellius to right; stone fractured at top, filled in gold; in gold ring.

Gem with Intaglio with Bellerophon and Pegasos - sardonyx, gold. Roman early 1st century.

Gem with Intaglio with Bellerophon and Pegasos-Roman (Artist) PERIOD early century MEDIUM sardonyx, gold

Finger-ring; silver-gilt; very thin hoop; set with small, oval carnelian intaglio of three heads conjoined and two letters incised.

very thin hoop; set with small, oval carnelian intaglio of three heads conjoined and two letters incised.

Intaglio; sard; gryllus, in form of tragic and comic masks joined back to back; beneath, heads of ram and panther, similarly joined; thyrsus and palm in field; mounted in a gold collar.

gryllus, in form of tragic and comic masks joined back to back; beneath, heads of ram and panther, similarly joined; thyrsus and palm in field; mounted in a gold collar.

Intaglio; sard; head of beardless man (Solon?) to left; inscribed; in gold ring with swivel.

head of beardless man (Solon? in gold ring with swivel. © The Trustees of the British Museum

Intailles / Intailles romaines / Intaille romaine montée en bague or. Grylle.

Intailles / Intailles romaines / Intaille romaine montée en bague or. Grylle.

Intaglio; onyx; imperial head, or Serapis?, to left; before it an eagle on a globe; mounted in gold and white enamel as seal.

imperial head, or Serapis? before it an eagle on a globe; mounted in gold and white enamel as seal.

Intaglio; garnet; bust of bearded philosopher(?) facing, wearing mantle; in gold and blue enamelled ring.

bust of bearded philosopher(? in gold and blue enamelled ring. © The Trustees of the British Museum

Intaglio; carnelian; oval; small; engraved with profile bust of Quintillus?, wreathed; set in gilt finger-ring; bezel with dished back.

Intaglio; carnelian; oval; small; engraved with profile bust of Quintillus?, wreathed; set in gilt finger-ring; bezel with dished back.

Intaglio; lapis lazuli; letters in monogram; mounted in metal as a button.

letters in monogram; mounted in metal as a button.

Intaglio; emerald; head of Mars to right, with helmet adorned by gryphon; in gold ring.

head of Mars to right, with helmet adorned by gryphon; in gold ring.

Intaglio; sard; maenad kneeling on one knee on base before a term, with head flung back; holds small figure with double pipe at lips, in right hand; another small figure behind her.

maenad kneeling on one knee on base before a term, with head flung back; holds small figure with double pipe at lips, in right hand; another small figure behind her.

Intaglio; sard; pale, lenticular; head of Medusa to front; in gilt mount.

head of Medusa to front; in gilt mount. © The Trustees of the British Museum

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