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Period / Age: 2nd - 3rd Century A.D.

Provenance: Private English Collection. Acquired on the London art market in the late 1980s-1990s. From the family collection of an East London, UK, gentleman.


Height: 1cm

Oval-shaped carnelian intaglio of a bee in movement.

The bee was a very important symbol of rebirth and strength for the Romans, as bees disappeared during the winter and reappeared during springtime.

Bees were associated with the underworld besides fertility. Believed to be a divine creature that could navigate between two realms – either the spheres of the dead and the living or that of humans and the Gods, bees were viewed as communicators carrying the messages from the heavens or the underworld to humans.

It was also believed that if a baby’s lips were touched by a bee, he/she would become a great poet or orator.

CONDITION: Good condition. There is some wear and tear, but the iconography is completely intact. 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.