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

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.

Museum of Island History

High Street, Newport, Isle of Wight, PO30 1TY
01983 521555

Opening times

Monday: 10:30am - 3:30pm

Tuesday - Friday: 9:30am - 3:30pm

Last Entry 3pm

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