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Carnelian ring stone

Period:
Imperial
Date:
ca. 1st –3rd century A.D.
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Carnelian
Dimensions:
Length: 1/2 in. (1.2 cm)
Classification:
Gems
Credit Line:
Gift of John Taylor Johnston, 1881
Accession Number:
81.6.48
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
This is a rare depiction of an artist at work. In his right hand, he holds a stick-like object that has a round knob at one end and is pointed at the other and slightly thickened, likely a brush. In his left hand, he holds another object, which is evidently not a mallet but perhaps a palette seen in perspective. Ancient marble sculpture was often brightly painted. The artist holds his tool lightly and is probably painting rather than modeling.
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1920. Catalogue of Engraved Gems of the Classical Style. no. 118, p. 84, pls. 32-33, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1956[1920]. Catalogue of Engraved Gems of the Classical Style: Greek Etruscan, and Roman. no. 434, p. 97, pls. 54, Rome: L'Erma di Bretschneider.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 2006[1920]. Catalogue of Engraved Gems of the Classical Style: Greek Etruscan, and Roman, 2nd edn. no. 434, p. 97, pls. 54, Rome: L'Erma di Bretschneider.

Østergaard, Jan Stubbe and Anne Marie Nielsen. 2014. Transformations: Classical Sculpture in Colour no. 5, pp. 4, 47, 319, Copenhagen, Denmark: Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek.

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