Roman chalcedony intaglio – Pegasus


Roman chalcedony intaglio – Pegasus

Period / Age: 2nd - 3rd Century AD

Provenance: Private English Collection


Height: 1.1cm (0.43”)
Width: 0.2cm (0.08”)
Length: 1.25cm (0.49”)

An attractive bright chalcedony with flying mythical winged horse. Facing left.

Pegasus is a mythical winged divine horse, and one of the most recognized creatures in Greek mythology. Usually depicted as pure white. Pegasus is the offspring of the god Poseidon. He was foaled by the Gorgon Medusa upon her death when the hero Perseus decapitated her.

Pegasus was caught by the Greek hero Bellerophon, near the fountain Peirene, with the help of Athena and Poseidon. Pegasus allowed Bellerophon to ride him in order to defeat the monstrous Chimera. Bellerophon later fell from the winged horse’s back while trying to reach Mount Olympus. Afterward, Zeus transformed Pegasus into the constellation.

The symbolism of Pegasus varies with time. Symbol of wisdom and especially of fame from the Middle Ages until the Renaissance. He became one symbol of poetry in the 19th century. The personification of the water, solar myth, or shaman mount, Carl Jung and his followers have seen in Pegasus a profound symbolic esoteric in relation to the spiritual energy that allows to access to the realm of the gods on Mount Olympus.


CONDITION: Excellent