In the Forest

Modern Gold Ring with an Antique Intaglio, Late Imperial Period / ca. 1990


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Modern Gold Ring with an Antique Intaglio, Late Imperial Period / ca. 1990
Modern Gold Ring with an Antique Intaglio, Late Imperial Period / ca. 1990
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Not only gods and emperors were depicted in cameos in antiquity. Numerous stone carvings still show the interest of the people of that time in scenes from everyday life. We encounter farmers and hunters, work in the forest as well as in the fields and on the coast, captured in the no medium of hard stone and handed down to this day. The intaglio here shows a man wearing a helmet in a landscape. He appears to be leaning against a tree, with a sword or quiver of arrows in front of him. Presumably it is a hunter waiting for his hunting luck. Especially in the late imperial period many such representations are known, Erika Zwierlein-Diehl: Antike Gemmen und ihr Nachleben, Berlin/New York 2007, 197ff. has described some corresponding scenes of the so-called hunting dog master of the 2nd century AD (see our last illustration). They help to date also the stone presented here into that time. The oval, brown-orange agate is set in a simple modern ring of gold and can thus protectively accompany woman or man. It is broken in the middle, but it is securely set by an inlaid gold plate on the back and protected from further damage by the wide frame. We discovered it in the Rhineland.
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To possess antique cameos and cameos was the claim of almost all great collections for centuries: We find spectacular pieces as well in the Green Vault in Dresden, in the treasury of Rudolf II, up to the great private collections like that of Baron Stosch in later times. The 18th and 19th centuries produced numerous large imprint collections of antique seal stones and cameos, which represent the antique imagery of glyptic almost in its entirety. Thus, they were not least an expression of a humanistic education. Of particular importance for the transmission of stone and shell carvings north of the Alps have always been travelers to Italy, who brought home imprints and carved stones as well as engraved shells from their educational journeys to enjoy the stories that the shells could tell. The art of cameo cutter has survived to this day in Italy, especially in the Bay of Naples, where it has been passed down from generation to generation. Today the Scuola dei Cammei in Torre del Greco is the only professional training center for cameo cutters in the world, but unfortunately the mythological theme world as a subject has been almost completely lost.
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Modern Gold Ring with an Antique Intaglio, Late Imperial Period / ca. 1990
In the Forest
€ 1,790.00 *
Content 1 piece
Unit price €1,790.00 / piece
Incl. VAT, Shipping
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