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Intaglio of Mars

A work made of carnelian, gold.

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  • A work made of carnelian, gold.

Date:

About 1st century BCE

Artist:

Roman

About this artwork

This depiction of Mars was created with intaglio, one of the two primary gem-carving techniques used in the ancient world. The term derives from the Italian word intagliare, meaning “to cut into or engrave,” and describes the process by which an artist carved this image into the surface of the stone. The complementary technique, known as cameo, produced an image in relief (raised).Both this gem and the cameo on display nearby were pre-viously part of a collection in England formed in the 17th century by the Earl of Arundel. After being held together for more than 250 years, the gems were dispersed at auction in 1899—only to be reunited in Chicago over 100 years later.

Status

On View, Gallery 153

Department

Arts of the Ancient Mediterranean and Byzantium

Title

Intaglio of Mars

Medium

Carnelian, gold

Dimensions

H. 4.1 cm (1 5/8 in.)

Credit Line

Katherine K. Adler Memorial Endowment Fund; Robert J. and Stephanie R. Klein Ancient Art Acquisition Fund; purchased with funds provided by an anonymous donor; David P. Earle III Endowment Fund

Reference Number

2021.415

Extended information about this artwork

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