1st to early half of 2nd century AD.
Material: Quartz (Rock Crystal).
Dimensions: 19 x 14 x 6 mm. Weight: 9,85 carats or 1,97 grams.
Condition: Some chips and a missing fragment in the corner. Unrestored and on it's original condition, as found.
Extremelly rare and important quartz intaglio depicting a Nereid ridding a Triton, the iconography derives from a passage in The Iliad that describes the Nereid Thetis, mother of the hero Achilles, and other Nereids carrying newly forged armor to her son.
Rock crystal stone was consecrated to Juno because among its many powers was to channel the positive energy and bring out the capabilities of each.
Rock crystal had in Roman times a very high value. Important criteria for assessing the rock crystal were naturally the transparency and the absence of inclusions; if the crystals were not always perfectly clear they were used to make objects artfully worked with decorations that dissembled impurities, it preferred not to decorate those without defects; the maximum value was by absolute transparency, the most popular must have the color of the clear water.
The hyaline quartz, from the greek Krystallos yalos or transparent crystal, is a type of quartz completely colorless and should be perfectly transparent in order to merit the name of "rock crystal".
Rock crystal, among the Julio-Claudian and the Severian age, was used for precious sculptures and had a very high commercial value; Pliny provides news of a trulla (pitcher for wine with the handle) made in a single block of rock crystal that had been paid the astronomical sum of 150.000 sesterces and also of a rock crystal block weighing 48 kilos that Livia offered as a a votive gift in the Capitolium.
Rock crystal was considered worthy of imperial rank because once it was broken not repairable as explained by Pliny in his Naturalis Historia: "crystallina, quorum accendit fragilitas pretium fragmenta sarciri nullomodo queunt "; cups and glasses were also made for emperors, it seems that both Nero and Lucius Verus used crystal goblets.
ABOUT THE COLLECTION:
Over eighty years ago a German businessman who had settled in Barcelona decided to start collecting diverse archeological objects, focusing on those used by men and women to decorate their bodies. Perhaps he did this by chance, or perhaps he was carried along on the wave of a fashion along with others from the enlightened classes who, from the 17th Century on, devoted themselves to collecting antique and exotic objects, often picked up on voyages to faraway lands. These would then form part of cabinets full of curiosities, or of great collections which, together with the collections of kings and noblemen, would become what are today the greatest art museums in the world.
Years later, the grandson, following in the steps of the grandfather who had already collected more than one hundred and fifty rings, intaglios and cameos, widened and improved this collection – which he rescued from a display case in some corner of the family home - until it was twenty times its original size. In this collection of more than two thousand rings, intaglios and cameos, we can find pieces representative of all the cultures that flourished around the Mediterranean: work from the 6th Millennium B.C. in the Middle East, from Ancient Egypt, from Greece, pieces produced by the Phoenicians and Carthaginians, marvellous examples from a wide range of cultures from pre-Roman Europe along with a great quantity from the most magnificent era of the Roman Empire, examples from the Byzantine Empire and Medieval Europe, a selection from the Islamic world and finally, a small number of pieces from the Renaissance to the 19th Century.
Today the Gallery J. Bagot Arqueología – Ancient Art takes pleasure in presenting this impressive collection to historians, lovers of art and collectors through the exhibition and publication of a selection of the pieces of highest quality. More than eight hundred rings, intaglios and cameos now reappear to transmit the same enthusiasm that the collector felt as he acquired one by one these little works.
- The piece includes authenticity certificate.
- The piece includes Spanish Export License (Passport for European Union).
- According to Spanish legislation, items sent outside the European Union are subject to export taxes and will be added to the invoice, at the buyer's expense. These export fees are fixed on the final auction price and the tax rate is not applied directly on the total value of the item to be exported, but rather the different percentages by sections are applied to it:
- Up to 6,000 euros: 5%.
- From 6.001 to 60.000 euros: 10%.
This export permit application process can take between 1-2 months maximum.
- The seller guarantees that he acquired this piece according to all national and international laws related to the ownership of cultural property. Provenance statement seen by Catawiki.
- Ancient Roman
- rock crystal
- Very important and rare intaglio, Nereid riding Triton. Most luxurious material and best style.
- Century/ Timeframe
- Imperial, 1st to 2nd century AD.
- Good Condition, See Photo