Victorian era and roman art (1st cent. BC-1st AD)
Gold and carnelian
Seal fob : 3 cm
Intaglio : 1,2cm
This exquisite egyptian revival gold seal fob dates from the 2nd part of the 19th century. It reinterprets the theme of canopic jar figuring Imsety, the human-headed god representing the South. Important detail… The seal futures a roman carnelian best-quality intaglio depicting a sphinx ans dated between 1st BC and 1st AD.
An amazing historic detail is given by Suetonius in De Vita Caesarum : Suetonius tells that the emperor Augustus (63BC-14AD) used at first the image of a sphinx for sealing. Sphinx or sphinges on intaglios are common subjects for the period. For comparables : Catalogue of the engraved gems and finger rings in the Ashmolean Museum (tome 2), numbers 10.85, 10.86 and 10.87. Or similar examples in the Beazley archive.
The association between a real piece from Antiquity (the intaglio) and a reinterpreted one (the canopic vase) forms a refined example of the Antiquity rediscovering movement as well as a moment of the history of taste.
13 500 €