2nd Cent AD Eastern Emp Agate Cabochon Intaglio of Athena Standing W/Shield
2nd Century AD. An Eastern Empire plano-convex agate cabochon with intaglio design of Athena standing with a shield.
The intaglio depicts Athena Parthenos, (Athena the Virgin) resting after her battle against the giants. The most famous depiction of Athena Parthenos was in the Parthenon on the Acropolis in Athens, a colossal statue made from ivory and gold by the sculptor Phidias in 447 BC. From a Bavarian private collection formed 1960-2010, ex Gorny and Mosch, 26 June 2014, part lot 1327.
While Roman women would wear a great variety of jewellery, the man used to wear at least one ring. The rings were commonly made of gold or electrum, and sometimes their stone shows an intaglio that was used to seal important documents with hot wax.
Item Code - GLA2D435TA
Width: 7/16" Height: 9/16" Depth: 3/16"
Weight: 2 grams.