Ancient Roman Emerald Green Intaglio of Fortuna
This is a wonderful ancient Roman hardstone intaglio, dating to the 2nd century A.D. It is nicely cut on a dark green chromium chalcedony gemstone, with a representation of the goddess Fortuna. She is shown in a classic pose, holding a rudder and cornucopia. such a gem would have once been set into a gold or silver signet ring, used as a private signature to authenticate letters and transactions. Today this ancient gem is in excellent condition, ideal for remounting.
DATE: c. 2nd century A.D.
MATERIAL: Chromium Chalcedony
SIZE: 10mm x 7mm x 1.5mm
WEIGHT: 0.19 grams
PROVENANCE: Ex. private collection, London