Warrior with trophy of arms

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Acquired in 1869 (the spelunker thinks)

artist
Unknown
attributions_note
bibliography
List of Objects in the Art Division, South Kensington, Acquired During the Year 1869, Arranged According to the Dates of Acquisition. London : Printed by George E. Eyre and William Spottiswoode for H.M.S.O. p. 127. Machell Cox, E., Victoria & Albert Museum Catalogue of Engraved Gems. London, Typescript, 1935, Part 2, Section 2, p.295.
collection_code
SCP
credit
Townshend Bequest
date_end
0100-12-31
date_start
date_text
100-0 BC (made) 19th century (alteration)
descriptive_line
Intaglio depicting a warrior with a trophy of arms, oval layered agate variety 'nicolo'; Italy, 100-0 BC.
dimensions
Height: 12 mm approximate, Width: 9.9 mm approximate
edition_number
event_text
exhibition_history
gallery
historical_context_note
Engraved gemstones based on classical models were widely produced and 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
This gem was part of the collection of the Reverend Chauncy Hare Townshend (1798-1868), who bequeathed his important collection to the South Kensington Museum in 1869. Although the gemstone collection is not as comprehensive as that found at the Natural History Museum in London, it is of particular historic interest as its formation pre-dates the development of many synthetic stones and artificial enhancements. All the stones were mounted as rings before they came to the Museum. Some are held in the Sculpture Section, other more elaborately mounted ones in the Metalwork Section. As well as being a clergyman, collector and dillettante, the Reverend Townshend wrote poetry. He met Robert Southey in 1815 and through him the Wordsworths, the Coleridges and John Clare. He was a friend of Charles Dickens and dedicatee of his novel 'Great Expectations'.
id
82234
label
last_checked
2014-08-30T00:55:12.000Z
last_processed
2014-08-30T00:55:12.000Z
latitude
42.502998
location
In Storage
longitude
12.57341
marks
materials
gold, gemstone, microquartz, layered agate, nicolo
materials_techniques
Engraved gemstone
museum_number
1817-1869
museum_number_token
18171869
object_number
O106544
object_type
Intaglio
on_display
original_currency
original_price
physical_description
Vertical oval intaglio. Pale mottled blue over black layered agate variety 'nicolo'. Depicting a warrior with a trophy of arms. The warrior stands at the right, naked except for a cloak draped over his right shoulder and hanging down. He holds a long spear in his left hand. Beside him is a collection of arms topped by a helmet, and with a shield leaning up at the bottom. In a gold ring.
place
Italy
primary_image_id
2006AF1536
production_note
Attribution note: Layered agate, variety 'nicolo'. Pale mottled blue layer over black (J. Whalley May 2009).
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 Byantine 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. The style and method of engraving in this little ringstone indicate that it was made in the Graeco-Roman world, some time during the century before the birth of Christ.
related_museum_numbers
rights
3
shape
site_code
slug
warrior-with-trophy-of-arms-intaglio-unknown
sys_updated
2013-08-17T00:00:00.000Z
techniques
gem engraving
title
Warrior with trophy of arms
updated
vanda_exhibition_history
year_end
100
year_start
-1