Monday, December 12, 2011

Roman Intaglios


Aren't these gorgeous? They are ancient Roman intaglios -- tiny gemstones for rings or other jewelry. A person hand carved these figures into the stone. No laser. No sophisticated magnifying device.


See how tiny?
I love these. The craftsmanship amazes me.
You can see many of these intaglios at the Roman Legion Museum in Caerleon, Wales.


Photo Credits:  The top image is from @RomanCaerleon and the bottom image is from http://www.antique-rings.co.uk/roman.htm

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