Roman Jasper Intaglio 20Kt Gold Ring depicting Athena giving a winged Nike to the Emperor

€4.650,00
  • • Handmade 100% Made in Italy • Authentic Intaglio 1st cent AD • Gemstone: Jasper • Size: 6 3/4 US Adjustable • Band material Gold 20KT

In this gold ring there is an authentic roman intaglio on jasper, depicting Goddess Athena giving a winged Nike to the Emperor. Athena often given the epithet Pallas, is an ancient Greek goddess associated with wisdom, handicraft, and warfare who was later syncretized with the Roman goddess Minerva. Athena was regarded as the patron and protectress of various cities across Greece, particularly the city of Athens, from which she most likely received her name. She's usually shown in art wearing a helmet and holding a spear. Her major symbols include owls, olive trees, snakes, and the Gorgoneion. All of our jewels are certified by certificate of authenticity attesting their Greek or Roman origin  Glyptic, the "small but not minor" art to engrave gems and hard stones (but also vitreous pastes), in Roman times it was widely used for rings ( for men or women) , necklaces, bracelets and earrings ( the ring of Augustus in gold with black onyx stone, engraved with a Capricorn, symbol of the emperor's power, is famous!). These rings with engraved stones were frequently used also as seals, stamping them on cast molten wax, placed to close a document. The engraved stones were worked by skilled engravers; the themes of the figures were chosen by the clients or left to the sensibility of the artist. Almost always they were mythological or allegorical subjects. Still today there is a flourishing market of these ancient stones, which over time have been found also because they were often removed and thrown away by persons that sought only gold and silver, as the Barbarians in the times of invasions. The "pearls" of the glyptic, are small masterpieces that allow us to retrace the history, going back in time.