A Blast from the Past

February 1st, 2013 by James L. Sweaney, CGA, FGA. GG

This beautifully made amethyst intaglio ring from ancient Rome, carved over 2000 years ago by master carver Hyllos, resides in the famous Hermitage Museum of St. Petersburg, Russia. Featuring the head of Apollo, it reminds us very much of this magnificent amethyst intaglio ring that resides in our estate case.

It’s interesting to note that while one ring was laboriously hand carved with primitive tools, the other with modern automated machinery, the skill the ancient craftsman shows in his piece is certainly on par with the detail and precision of our intaglio. It probably took Hyllos weeks and weeks to carve and finish his piece, while modern milling produced our stone in just a few hours.

Notice also how the subject matter and composition are so similar– this traditional art form is certainly ancient and the designs are typically classic.

While we’re not a museum, our estate department features many interesting vintage items. Stop by the shop, look, learn, enjoy as we do. We’re open Tuesday thru Saturday, 10 am-5:30 pm.

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