A very fine roman carnelian intaglio. Hercules and Eros.
11 x 18 x 2 mm
The hero is turned on the left side, with arms attached in the back. On top, behind his neck, the little Eros pushes him. The hero is characterized by: curly short hair, short beard, very muscular anatomy with the torso in 3/4. The character holds the mace where the leontea is hanging down. This representation symbolize the allegory of submission in love, which concerns also the powerfuls and indestructibles. Very high technical and quality execution especially for the anatomical details and the torsion of the body. Some globular elements. Slight wear marks. Attractive stone quality, extraordinary brillance and purity. Nice dimensions. See parallels: J. Spier, Treasures of the Ferrel Collection, p. 26 n. 8.
UK private collection.
1st BC - 1st century AD.