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Neo egyptian gold seal fob with roman intaglio
Neo egyptian gold seal fob with roman intaglio  - Antique Jewellery Style Neo egyptian gold seal fob with roman intaglio  -
Ref : 86543
2 800 €
Period :
19th century
Medium :
Gold and carnelian
Antique Jewellery  - Neo egyptian gold seal fob with roman intaglio 19th century - Neo egyptian gold seal fob with roman intaglio
Emmanuel Soubielle Works of Art

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Neo egyptian gold seal fob with roman intaglio

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.

Emmanuel Soubielle Works of Art

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