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17th C. Italian Chalcedony Intaglio of Saint Paul

Western Europe, Italy, late Renaissance period, ca. 17th century CE. A lovely chalcedony intaglio comprised of two layers of white and grey stone with tapered edges and an ovoid body. The intaglio is carved with the head of Saint Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ - though not one of the famed twelve apostles - who taught and spread the gospel of Christ around the 1st century CE. The right-facing apostle wears a flowing robe beneath his sensitively-modeled visage, which is comprised of a prominent nose, large open eyes, a well-kept beard, and a characteristic tonsure hair style. Custom putty stamp of intaglio carving included. Size: 0.5" W x 0.6" H (1.3 cm x 1.5 cm).

Condition: Light wear to carved details, otherwise intact and excellent. Light fading to putty stamp as well, but details on each item are still clear and visible.

Provenance: private New York, New York, USA collection; ex-private United States collection, acquired in Europe around 1980

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