A Roman Bloodstone Intaglio of a Warrior, Roman Imperial Period, ca. 1st century CE
- This object qualifies for free and fast worldwide shipping.
The speckled dark green stone engraved with a warrior riding a galloping horse, wearing a helmet and holding a spear, set in a delicate 18 karat gold filigree setting.
Bloodstone, also known as heliotrope, is a variety of green jasper speckled with red spots that were thought to have several magical properties throughout antiquity. The ancient Romans believed it brought the wearer renown and favor, endurance, the ability to control the weather, banish evil and negativity, would slow bleeding wounds (a reason Roman soldiers commonly wore bloodstone talismans), and protect against the bite of venomous animals, and according to Pliny the Elder, even allowed magicians to become invisible.
Dimensions: Pendant length without bail: 7/8 inch (2.2 cm). Strung on a 24-inch chain of 14K gold.
Condition: Intact and in excellent condition overall.
Provenance: Private NYC collection, acquired from the trade, previously in a private UK collection.
Sands of Time provides a lifetime, unconditional guarantee of authenticity and provenance. Every object you purchase from us is accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity, stating culture, provenance, and age.
Furthermore, we conduct due diligence to ensure the item, to the best of our knowledge, has not been illegally obtained from an excavation, architectural monument, public institution, or private property. Wherever possible, reference is made to existing collections or publications.Wherever possible, reference is made to existing collections or publications.
We ship Tuesday to Friday with FedEx and usually same day if your order is received before 2pm. Within the continental USA, packing, shipping and insurance is free. Depending on size and destination, delivery times range from one to five business days.
If we are shipping this object to you overseas, there is no charge for packing, preparation of all customs paperwork, insurance and carrier fees in compliance with all USA and International customs requirements.
We send overseas shipments with FedEx International Priority which usually means two to three day delivery to Europe and the UK, customs willing but contact us if you have a shipping preference.
Please note: International customers are responsible for all duties and taxes.