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RJ1310

A Roman Intaglio gemstone of Cicero, ca late 1st century BC

 this red carnelian gemstone displays a finely wrought intaglio portrait of the Roman orator, Cicero.  The skilled and detailed rendering of the profile is typically Greek in execution, while the naturalism of Cicero's features recalls Roman portraiture of the time, which often emphasized haggard features and cerebrality.   The gemstone has been mounted in a later  18K gold setting of medieval style. The gold bezel is engraved in Lombardic script with a Latin quote from Cicero: "nihil est virtute pulchrius” that translates: "there is nothing more beautiful than virtue".

 Marcus Tullius Cicero, English byname Tully   (January 3, 106 BC – December 7, 43 BC), Roman philosopher, statesman, lawyer, orator, political theorist, Roman consul and constitutionalist. He vainly tried to uphold republican principles in the final civil wars that destroyed the Roman Republic. His writings include books of rhetoric, orations, philosophical and political treatises, and letters. He is remembered in modern times as the greatest Roman orator and innovator of what became known as Ciceronian rhetoric. 

Dimensions:  intaglio size: 11×9 mm US Ring size 8 1/2 (UK:“P”), weight : 9.2 gram

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