Roman Red Jasper Intaglio with Rider

£ 750.00

An extremely fine Ancient Roman deep red jasper intaglio stone featuring an octagonal shape with bevelled edges. Featuring an equestrian scene, this fine intaglio sees a large horse with its rider carved vertically. The man is depicted while holding a spear and holding one arm up, suggesting a prelude to a combat or a triumphal scene. The carving is very crisp in detailing.

Date: Circa 1st – 3rd Century AD
Provenance: Ex Abelita family collection, 1970s-2000s.
Condition: Extremely fine, with clear definition of the intaglio.


Product Code: RES-151
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The term intaglio refers to a small image that has been engraved into a gemstone and usually set in a piece of jewellery, most commonly a ring. Such artistic form has its origin in Sumer in the 4th millennium BC, with the appearance of cylinder and stamp seals, whereby decorations and patterns were engraved into soft stones. During the Hellenistic period and the early Roman Empire, the art of intaglio reached its apogee, with there being a steady decline in craftsmanship in the late Imperial Rome, until a revival of interest with the Byzantine and during the Renaissance.

To discover more about Intaglios, please visit our relevant blog post: Intaglios: Miniature Masterpieces.

Dimensions W 1.3 x H 1.8 cm

Southern Europe

Semi-Precious Stone


Reference: For a similar item, The British Museum, Museum number 1814,0704.2548

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