Seal matrix containing a Roman Jasper Intaglio by Unknown Artist

The intaglio is a fine piece of early Roman art which has been reinterpreted in the middle Ages and incorporated into a seal matrix.


Silver & red jasper
2.85 x 2.34 cm
Art Fund grant:
£800 ( Total: £1,800)
Acquired in:
Department for Culture, Media and Sport

A high quality intaglio has never been found previously on the Isle of Wight. The gem is cut in the precise classicising style of the 1st century with a depiction of the eternity of the Imperial Victory. A well educated man in the middle Ages would have been aware of the Classical Victory; however he may have interpreted the figure as an angel and the stars as the Heavens glorifying in the birth of the Saviour, Christ.


Discovered in Arreton by a metal detectorist and declared Treasure in 2006.

Venue details

Museum of Island History High Street, NEWPORT Isle of Wight PO30 1TY 01983 521555

Entry details

Free with National Art Pass (standard entry £2)

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