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 NEWPORT Isle of Wight PO30 1TY

Entry details

Free with National Art Pass (standard entry £2)

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