Rome, Imperial Period, ca. 2nd to 3rd century CE. A beautiful ancient Roman oval intaglio finely carved from chalcedony of soft rose, lavender, and white hues - depicting a profile bust of a bearded emperor, perhaps Pertinax - a soldier as well as a politician who reigned for the first three months of the year 193, with noble facial features, a wavy coiffure adorned by a twisted diadem or laurel wreath, and handsome military garb with scalloped and striated details. A fabulous example, impressive for its artistry, technique, and iconography. Size: 1.2" W x 1.6" H (3 cm x 4.1 cm)
Pertinax was the son of a slave who rose to become an army officer. He fought valiantly in the Roman Parthian war (161-166), and this military performance led to elite ranks in politics as well as the military. His positions included provincial governor, urban prefect, and Roman Senator. Upon Commodus' death, Pertinax was named emperor. He sought reforms, one of which was to restore the discipline of the Praetorium Guard. Sadly, this led to his assassination by the Guard and ended his reign. The Emperor Septimus Severus would later deify Pertinax.
Provenance: private East Coast, USA collection; ex-Frances Artuner collection, Belgium, collected in the 1960s
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Very light surface wear commensurate with age but overall in excellent condition with nice deposits.