Warrior arming

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Acquired in 1864 (the spelunker thinks)

artist
Unknown
attributions_note
bibliography
Inventory of Art Objects acquired in the Year 1864. Inventory of the Objects in the Art Division of the Museum at South Kensington, arranged According to the Dates of their Acquisition. Vol. 1. London : Printed by George E. Eyre and William Spottiswoode for H.M.S.O., 1868, p. 66 Machell Cox, E., Victoria & Albert Museum Catalogue of Engraved Gems, London, Typescript, 1935, Part 1, pp. 54-5
collection_code
SCP
credit
date_end
0100-12-31
date_start
0001-01-01
date_text
1st century (made)
descriptive_line
Intaglio, oval layered agate, variety 'nicolo', set in 18th century gold ring, depicting a warrior arming, Italy, about 50-150 CE (Graeco-Roman)
dimensions
Height: 1.2 cm, Width: 10 mm
edition_number
event_text
exhibition_history
gallery
historical_context_note
Engraved gemstones of all dates were widely collected in Italy in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Many were brought back by British Grand Tourists, and important collections were formed.
historical_significance
history_note
Part of a large and varied collection of nearly eight hundred objects given to the Museum in 1864 by the Reverend Richard Brooke.
id
116735
label
last_checked
2014-08-30T03:24:51.000Z
last_processed
2014-08-30T03:24:51.000Z
latitude
42.502998
location
In Storage
longitude
12.57341
marks
materials
chalcedony, gemstone, microquartz, layered agate, nicolo
materials_techniques
Engraved gemstone
museum_number
1126-1864
museum_number_token
11261864
object_number
O148206
object_type
Intaglio
on_display
original_currency
original_price
physical_description
Vertical oval intaglio. Pale blue top layer over black chalcedony. Depicting a full-lenth figure of a warrior arming. He faces right, wearing a cloak, his right leg bent up and his arms reaching down towards his foot. In front of him is a column bearing a helmet, a shield leaning against the base and a spear next to it.
place
Italy
primary_image_id
2006AF1549
production_note
Ring ca 1800-50 Attribution note: Pale blue over black chalcedony
production_type
public_access_description
The art of engraving gemstones can be traced back to ancient Greece in the 8th century BC and earlier. Techniques passed down to the Egyptians and then to the Romans. There were major revivals of interest in engraved gems in Europe during the Byzantine era, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, and again in the 18th and 19th centuries. At each stage cameos and intaglios, these skillful carvings on a minute scale, were much prized and collected, sometimes as symbols of power mounted in jewelled settings, sometimes as small objects for private devotion or enjoyment. This intaglio, engraved from the variety of pale blue and black agate known as 'nicolo', can be dated by comparison to other gems to the early days of Imperial Rome, and shows a warrior arming for battle.
related_museum_numbers
rights
3
shape
site_code
slug
warrior-arming-intaglio-unknown
sys_updated
2013-08-17T00:00:00.000Z
techniques
gem engraving
title
Warrior arming
updated
vanda_exhibition_history
year_end
100
year_start
1