Roman Gold and Garnet Pendant with Intaglio

£ 2,000.00

An extremely fine Ancient Roman oval-shaped garnet intaglio mounted in a gold cell featuring a suspension loop to the top and three drop dangles to the lower edge. The intaglio is finely carved with the depiction of the winged Roman goddess Victoria, here portrayed wearing a plumed helmet and holding arrows in her extended hand. Weight: 4.61 g.

Date: Circa 1st-3rd Century AD
Provenance: Property of a North London gentleman; from a major London collection, 1970’s, bought Royal Athena Gallery.
Condition: Extremely fine, complete and intact. Suitable for modern wear with care.
Product Code: RES-53
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According to Ancient Roman mythology and religion, the goddess Victoria, whose counterpart is Nike in Greek mythology, was the personified goddess of victory. The high number of artistic and architectural dedications to her bear witness to the popularity of the goddess’ cult: Victoria  widely appears on Roman coins, jewellery, architecture, and other works of art.  This high quality intaglio is carved in garnet, a semi-precious stone extremely popular in Classical Times. In Ancient Greek and Roman mythology, Hades gave pomegranate seeds to his lover Persephone, as a token of safety, while she was leaving the underworld to join her mother Demeter in the human world. The semi-precious stone, recalling the colour and the shape of the pomegranate seed, became a typical gift exchanged between separated lovers.

To discover more about jewellery in the Ancient World, please visit our relevant post: Jewellery in Antiquity.

Dimensions L 2 x H 3 cm
Metal

Gold

Region

Southern Europe

Roman Mythology

Victoria

Semi-Precious Stone

Garnet

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