A roman red jasper intaglio. Gryllos. Five masks are joined to a bunch of grapes: two bearded masks of sylenus (above) and three masks of youth (under the former ones). In the field there is a pedum, as a rustic reference (bucolic or grotesque). The intaglio has been carried out with artistry, with a remarkable imagination. A brake in the left border of the bezel. Light wear marks. Rare. For comparisons with a very similar specimen, and with the same kind of stone: G.M.A. Richter, Catalogue of engraved gems. Greek, Etruscan and Roman (The Metropolitan Museum of Art- New York), p. 115 n. 553.
1st - 2nd century A.D.
11 x 8 x 1,5 mm.