Roman Carnelian Intaglio 18Kt Gold Ring depicting Goddess Vesta

€4.800,00
  • • Handmade 100% Made in Italy • Authentic Intaglio 2nd-3rd cent AD • Gemstone: Carnelian • Size: 7 1/2 US Adjustable • Band material: Gold 18KT

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In this 18 Kt gold ring, an authentic Roman carnelian (II-III century AD) has been set, depicting the goddess Vesta, with the bronze tripod (where the sacred fire is kept) in her left hand and the snake in her right hand. Vesta, in Roman religion, goddess of the hearth, identified with the Greek Hestia. The lack of an easy source of fire in the early Roman community placed a special premium on the ever-burning hearth fire, both publicly and privately maintained; thus, from the earliest times Vesta was assured of a prominent place in both family and state worship. Her worship was observed in every household along with that of the Penates and the Lares, and her image was sometimes encountered in the household shrine. The Temple of Vesta in the Roman Forum was of great antiquity and underwent many restorations and rebuildings in both republican and imperial times. There burned the perpetual fire of the public hearth attended by the Vestal Virgins. This fire was officially extinguished and renewed annually on March 1 (originally the Roman new year), and its extinction at any other time, either accidentally or not, was regarded as a portent of disaster to Rome. The temple’s innermost sanctuary was not open to the public; once a year, however, on the Vestalia (June 7–15), it was opened to matrons who visited it barefoot. Vesta is represented as a fully draped woman, sometimes accompanied by her favourite animals, a snake or an ass.