An etruscan carnelian scarab intaglio mounted in a modern gold ring. Seated figure.
intaglio 10 x 13 x 7 mm; ring diam. 19 mm; gr. 4,85
The male character is seated on a suspended vase (or globe?), Facing left in profile, and is bent forward. With both hands he holds an elongated instrument and appears to be performing an activity. Frame engraved around the figure. Slight wear of marks and burns on the bezel. Through hole. Globular style. Golden ring with crossed verge in ancient style. For comparison: U. Pannuti,La collezione glittica. Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli , vol. 2, p.41 and ss .; 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.