An etruscan carnelian scarab intaglio, mounted on an ancient gold ring. Athlete.
5th - 4th century B.C.
intaglio : 9 x 11 x 6 mm
ring : 19 x 17 mm
The masculine figure is facing left, leaning forward, holding a sphere
(or a disc) with the right hand, while the left arm counterbalances
backward. The very developed musculature is marked by
voluminous shoulders and thighs, as well as the bust cut in “v”. His posture, his anatomy and his hairstyle recalls the figure of the Greek athlete, although the style of the incision is Etruscan.
Globular style. Cable border. The mounting is a thin broad hoop, convex without, concave within, ending in large cylindrical ornaments which are decorated with 2 ranges of 3 granules decorated with spool wires, separated by wires. Very fine conservation.
Parallels : Marshall, F., 1968, pl.X, n° 342; Nicolini, G. , Technique des ors antiques, pl. 221-224; J. Boardman,Greek Gems and Finger rings, 1970, pl.336, p. 183. P. Zazoff, Etruskische Skarabaen n. 294.
U.K. private collection 1985. Formerly in Arthur Sambon (1867-1947) collection.