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Gold Ring with a Classical Revival Cameo Depicting a Muse - FJ.6675
Origin: Europe
Circa: 18 th Century AD

Medium: Carnelian-Gold

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This Stunning Intaglio Has Been Set in a Modern 18 Karat Gold Ring

Depicted on the face of this carnelian intaglio is one of the Muses, a group of nine sisters who rule over the arts and sciences in Greek mythology. The daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne, the goddess of memory, they were believed to inspire all artists, especially poets, philosophers, and musicians. Created during the 18th Century, this intaglio is the product of the Classical Revival, a period where modern Europe looked towards the past and reinterpreted the forms and arts of ancient Greece and Rome anew. The art of glyptics, or carving images on precious stones, is one of the oldest art forms known to man. The sudden resurrection of the glyptic arts in modern Europe reveals their obsession with recreating the masterpieces of antiquity. This sudden interest in the past is probably a product of the rapid industrial and urban growth experienced during this era. As the realities of city life sank in, surely one would longingly dream of the past and seek to rekindle the pastoral lifestyle left behind. Breakthroughs in scientific understanding in the nascent field of archaeology surely further fueled the popularity of the Classical Revival as well. This intaglio ring seeks to connect us with the past. An individual wearing this lovely intaglio would inspire the majesty and grace of the Classics while simultaneously inspiring their own verses of poetry dedicated to their elegance and beauty. - (FJ.6675)

 

 

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