Georgian Carnelian Intaglio Wax Seal Fob in 15k Gold

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Georgian Carnelian Intaglio Wax Seal Fob in 15k Gold
Georgian Carnelian Intaglio Wax Seal Fob in 15k Gold
Georgian Carnelian Intaglio Wax Seal Fob in 15k Gold
Georgian Carnelian Intaglio Wax Seal Fob in 15k Gold

A Georgian-era, wax-seal fob, whose carnelian gem is carved with a mysterious intaglio figure. The seal's subject holds an arrow in his fist, and a stag hangs behind him in the background. This figure is obviously male, or it might be quickly identified as the Greek goddess Artemis; he also seems to have a small pair of horns atop his head, like the god Pan. Perhaps he's actually a devil, as the red of the carnelian lends him a somewhat devilish air. The 15k greenish gold mount that holds this seal is ornate and hand-chased with fleshy blossoms and their leaves. Metal is solid, 15k greenish gold. This wears well on its own, or piled-up and layered with a handful of other antique fobs and charms. This seal can be used with sealing wax, for its original purpose, if you desire.

Materials

15k gold
Carnelian

Age

c. 1800

Condition 

Excellent, with faint, all-over scuffing to the flat surfaces of the carnelian. 

Dimensions

Measures approx 19.6 mm tall (just over 3/4") x 14 mm wide (at the widest point); seal face measures approx 13 x 9.8 mm. 

Georgian Carnelian Intaglio Wax Seal Fob in 15k Gold
Georgian Carnelian Intaglio Wax Seal Fob in 15k Gold
Georgian Carnelian Intaglio Wax Seal Fob in 15k Gold
Georgian Carnelian Intaglio Wax Seal Fob in 15k Gold