A Roman Amethyst Hermes Intaglio, Roman Imperial Period, ca. 1st- 2nd century CE


$1,950 USD

The oval amethyst intaglio engraved with the figure of Hermes (or Mercury, the messenger of the gods) shown standing contrapposto, and naked aside from the chlamys (traveling garment) draped over his right arm and shoulder.  He holds his messenger staff (caduceus) in his right hand and a money pouch outstretched in his left.

Dimensions: Length: 5/8 inch (1.5 cm)

Condition: Intact and in excellent condition overall.

Provenance: Ex. private Washington, DC collection, acquired in the 1980s