An etruscan carnelian scarab intaglio, mounted on an ancient gold ring. Warrior and Faun.
4th century B.C.
intaglio : 12 x 16 x 8
ring : 17 x 21 mm
The two characters are facing left. The warrior is riding a horse, holding a spear in his left hand. Behind, the faun in “Knielauf” position also carries a weapon toward him. Globular style. Cable border. The mounting is a large broad hoop ending with small convex discs with carnelian scarab; the stone is revolving on a wire swivel passing through the disks and twisted around the ends of the hoop.The scarab is partially damage on the convex backside.
Parallels : J. Boardman, Intaglios and rings : Greek, Etruscan and Eastern,1975, n°188 et 189.
U.K. private collection 1985. Formerly in Arthur Sambon (1867-1947) collection.