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Ref QF1 Imperial Eagle Intaglio Ring
A Roman cornelian intaglio of an Imperial Eagle, circa 3rd century A.D. set to a substantial 19th century gold ring mount. The finely carved intaglio depicts a single headed eagle standing on a capital, wings folded, shown frontal with head raised in profile, a wreath grasped in its beak and flanked by Roman legionary standards. The eagle was one of the most ancient emblems of victory, its flight taken as an augury of military success in Rome where, legend claimed, it had followed Aeneas from Troy to Italy. Thereafter it was carried on Roman standards as the 'bird of Jupiter'. During the 18th and 19th centuries it was common practice when on the Grand Tour to Rome to purchase ancient intaglios, which were then set to gold rings when the owner returned home. The ring is size U [US 10 and 1/4] and the intaglio measures 2/3 of an inch by just over 1/2 an inch. A well executed Roman intaglio, an immaculate ring.
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