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Rare fourth century cameo

Rare fourth century cameo

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Very rare and important Roman cameo ca 400 A.D. depicting a wedding feast. Roman cameos are / specially “large” ones/ are very very rare. The ratio of cameo versus intaglio must be 100 to 1

Cameos in ancient times were highly collected by the wealthy aristocracy for the sake of having them. Ancient Greeks were also hoarders of finely cut gems…

For me these ancient gems are the cheapest remnants of history, when you consider the skill needed to conceive and to cut these hard stone objects. 2600 years ago without the aid of a magnifying glass, and all the modern polishing and cutting technology….
Some intaglios/cameos I am selling on this website must have taken 6 months to make..

Intaglios were partly used as seals, and therefore since there was a useful purpose they were sometimes incorporated into rings or worn around the neck as an amulet/seal

Cameos on the other hand were made to be admired and to have them as “treasure”
Measurement of cameo:42 mm across

Gold setting is later

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