Ancient Roman Carnelian Intaglio with Mercury and Fortuna

GBP 295.00

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Object Description

A fine Roman, carnelian intaglio carved with the image of Mercury and Fortuna facing each other. To the left, Fortuna wears a draped chiton and a mural crown. Her left arm is resting on a rudder while her right hand holds a cornucopia, common characteristics of the goddess. She is portrayed standing with her head lowered in front of Mercury, who is holding a laurel wreath in his right hand and appears to be crowning Fortuna. The god is recognisable by his typical attributes: the petasos (πέτασος), a winged hat which he wears on his head, a cloak draped over the left arm, and a caduceus over his shoulder behind him, although part of the motif is no longer visible due to the chip on the edge.

The piece comes with a professionally baked, modern impression.

Date: Circa 2nd century AD

Object History

From the collection of a Swiss gentleman formed in Europe from 1970-1980s; thence by descent from the family in London.

Object Condition

Fine condition with some chips to the edges. The intaglio itself weighs 0.36g.

Object Details

  • dimensions
    W:1.0 x H:1.2 centimeters

Dealer Opening Times

By appointment only.

Dealer Contact

+44 (0)208 364 4565
+44 (0)7833231322

Dealer Location

The Gallery
Trent Park Equestrian Centre
Eastpole Farm House, Bramley Road
Oakwood, N14 4UW, United Kingdom

St James's Ancient Art
10 Charles II Street, Ground Floor
St James

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