Antique Agate Intaglio Seal with Sterling Silver, Antique Crystal, Natural Sponge Coral and Carnelian
- What an extraordinary antique agate intaglio seal. I have never seen anything similar. It shows a man in profile, perhaps an emperor, wearing a hat. But the hat consists of an eagle sitting on top of the man’s head. Its neck and head are turning backwards. On first glance, he appears to be wearing a flamboyant, feathered hat. But on closer inspection, the bird is revealed. The oval, rounded seal is large, at 1 ½ inches long (4 cm), ¾ inches wide (2 cm) and 25 mm in depth. This comes from the Mesopotamian area of the globe and could well be as ancient as it was described to me. But I am not an expert. I was simply charmed by the piece. It certainly has some age, perhaps 19th century, but quite possibly much more ancient,
- It is flanked by carnelian discs (24 mm), of which there are four.
- And between the discs, there are two very large, deeply ribbed melon Sterling Silver beads (28 mm), which give the necklace a sparkle and a support. There are also four silver on Zinc discs (21 mm) that punctuate the necklace.
- There are four large, carved antique, rock crystal beads (25 mm) from Afghanistan.
- There are two, shaped, natural sponge coral beads, which echo the carnelian tone, as well as the carved sponge coral beads (26 mm) at the end of the necklace.
- Two caramel agate nuggets (17 mm) along with two small cubes (11 mm) of sponge coral, complete the necklace.
- A handmade, sterling silver toggle clasp, has been used because toggle clasps are easy to use and secure. My silver name label is attached at the clasp.
- The necklace comes, like all my necklaces, with its own colour co-ordinated silk brocaded pouch bag, made by a Shanghai tailor.
- The necklace is 18 inches long (45.5 cm).