A ROMAN CARNELIAN INTAGLIO – LAUREL WREATH

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A ROMAN CARNELIAN INTAGLIO – LAUREL WREATH

Period / Age: 2nd Century A.D.

Provenance: Private British Collection. Private French Collection.

Dimensions:

Height: 14mm
Length: 10mm

The laurel wreath symbolises Greek mythology. The god Apollo is depicted with a laurel wreath in reference to the Apollo and Daphne myth. It was given to particular individuals in Ancient Greece, such as poetry competition winners or athletes at the Ancient Olympic Games.

The Romans adopted the sign because they valued Greek culture. In Rome, they represented victory in warfare. Military leaders and emperors frequently wore them following a fight. It was also utilised in Ancient Rome, when Roman Emperors were frequently depicted wearing laurel wreaths. Greece presented laurel wreaths to champions in the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens.

CONDITION: Signs of ware. The item has been described to the best of our knowledge. If you have any questions, please refer to the photographs and send an email.