Red jasper intaglio engraved with a design of a man driving a chariot drawn by one horse. He holds a whip in one hand and reins in the other.
In ancient Rome, chariot racing was the most popular of many subsidised public entertainments, and was an essential component in several religious festivals. Roman chariot drivers had very low social status, but were paid a fee simply for taking part. Winners were celebrated and well paid for their victories, regardless of status, and the best could earn more than the wealthiest lawyers and senators.
CONDITION: In a good condition with a slight chip. Wear and tear marks. The item is described to the best of our knowledge. Please refer to the pictures and email us with any questions.