A rare italic black agate intaglio. The death of Achilles.
intaglio 10 x 12 mm
The warrior is depicted in profile, the front bust and three-quarter legs, in a crouching pose with a knee on the ground. With his left hand he extracts the fatal arrow from his foot, with his right hand he holds the helmet to leave the head with the long hair exposed; next, the shield. The character is depicted realistically in a grimace of pain with an open mouth. Use of globular elements. Dotted frame on the edge. Signs of wear and traces of the ancient iron frame. Rare. Italic "Etruscan" style. Comparisons: G. M. A. Richter, Catalog of engraved gems. Greek, Etruscan and Roman, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, plate XXIX n. 176.
3rd -2nd century BC.