The intaglio is a fine piece of early Roman art which has been reinterpreted in the middle Ages and incorporated into a seal matrix.
Seal matrix containing a Roman Jasper Intaglio by Unknown Artist, 12001350
© Museum of Island History
- 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.