FRENCH ENLIGHTENMENT BANDED AGATE SEAL

A French Enlightenment Banded Agate Seal commemorating the reconciliation of Marc Antony and Octavian, and the establishment of the Second Triumvirate (Triumviri Rei Publicae Constituendae Consulari Potestate),

27 November 43 BC.

 

A semicircular domed brown and white banded agate intaglio seal with hands clasped in Dextrarum Junctio, symbolic of Concord.

 

One side of the seal bears an intaglio of the commemorated event, with three individuals seated in a tent, inscribed beneath, antonius.oct.caesar.lepid.

 

Pierced perpendicularly at the apex, for suspension.

 

Housed within a green silk bound hinged wooden livrette- style fitted case lined in ivory velvet, with a written explanation en face.

 

French 18th Century

 

Height: 13.4 cm.     (5 5/16 in.)

Width: 8.4 cm.     (3 5/16 in.)

Depth: 1.7 cm.     (0 11/16 in.)

gem: : 36 mm.W: 26 mm.D: 12 mm.

 

Old French collection of Mnsr. A., with a written discussion, ca. 1970, by Michel de Bry. Current owner: Property of Antiquarium, Ltd., New York acquired French Market, 2018. 

 

 

#5588

 

Published: 

Antiquarium, Ltd.; Ancient Treasures XIX. (London, 2020) p.50-51

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