Gold Ring with Roman Niccolo Intaglio depicting Leda with a Swan

Culture: Roman
Period: 2nd-3rd century A.D.
Material: Gold, agate
Dimensions: 2.3 cm high; 1.9 cm in diameter; 13.9 gram.
Price: Sold
Ref: 3397
Provenance: From the estate of a French jeweller who set the ancient intaglios himself. Accompanied by a French antiquities passport.
Condition: Intact and wearable.
Description: Wearable 18 carat gold ring with a Niccolo intaglio depicting Leda with a swan. Leda facing to the right, lying in front of the swan, which goes down on her with spread out wings. The scene is a popular erotic motive in ancient times. Zeus fell in love with Leda, the daughter of the Aetolian king, approached her in the form of a swan and impregnated her. The intaglio is set in a modern gold ring.