An etruscan carnelian scarab intaglio. Diomede with palladium.
11 x 17 x 8 mm
The Greek hero holds in his right hand the palladium, the sacred simulacrum of the goddess Athena, with the left a sword. Known episode of the Trojan war, referring to cunning and intelligence. Use of globular elements. Attractive stone color. Slight signs of wear. Through hole, crossed by a gold ornamental frame with disk-shaped closure. Rare. For comparison: U. Pannuti, La collezione glittica. Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli, vol. 2, p.44; G.M.A. Richter, Catalog of engraved gems. Greek, Etruscan and Roman, The Metropolitan useum of Art, New York, plate XXXII-XXXIII; J. Boardman, Intaglios and rings. Greek, Etruscan and Eastern from a private collection, n. 150 ss.
4th-3rd century BC.