Roman Red Jasper Intaglio of Mars
An ancient Roman red jasper gem carved with an intaglio image of Mars, the Roman god of war, helmeted, holding his sword within its scabbard and shield in his other hand.
Ca. 2nd - 3rd century AD.
cf.: British Museum, London, museum no. 1986,0401.185.
Formerly in the E.M.G. collection, London, 1970s; subsequently in the E.V. collection, London.