NCL-BABE07: Intaglio

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Unique ID: NCL-BABE07

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

The folowing report is from Martin Henig.

"An attractive intaglio in a lower quality, base silver ring.
The material of the stone is a non crystalline quartz, a chalcedony, with an upper blue layer and brownish ground, so it could be called a blue onyx or nicolo [ jewellery terms rather than scientific ones], the blue caused by staining/chemical treatment. The gem was cut with an outwardly bevelled edge.

The subject is a cow, a popular subject from the Augustan period onwards, though I would date this to the late 1st century/first half of the 2nd century AD.
Comparanda: see M.Henig, A Corpus of Roman Engraved Gemstones from British Sites (BAR Brit.ser.8, 3editions 1974, 1978,2007) no. 596 (from Wilderspool, Cheshire) also an onyx is especially close and from a 2nd century context; so is no.597 (from Brockley Hill, Middlesex (though when I examined it long ago I thought it was glass); also in 1978 and 2007 editions only no App.176 from Vindolanda, though here the animal has head raised,
The ring is fragmentary, but the raised bezel and broad hoop are characteristic of rings I would place in the 3rd century, a variant on my type XI cf my report on rings in T.Blagg.J.Plouviez and A.Tester, Excavations at a large Romano-British settlement at Hacheston, Suffolk,1973-74 (East Anglian Archaeology 106, 2004) pp114-5 fig 75 no.74. These rings more often have low quality glass settings and I suspect in the present case an earlier intaglio was reset."

Find of note status

This is a find of note and has been designated: County / local importance

Class: Henig Type XI

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Submitted for consideration as Treasure

Treasure details

Treasure case tracking number: 2017T1237


Broad period: ROMAN
Period from: ROMAN
Period to: ROMAN

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Andrew Agate
Identified by: Mr Andrew Agate

Other reference numbers

Treasure case number: 2017T1237

Materials and construction

Primary material: Base Silver
Secondary material: Gem
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: North East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: County Durham (Unitary Authority)
District: County Durham (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: Wycliffe with Thorpe (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: NZ1114
Four figure Latitude: 54.52117556
Four figure longitude: -1.83157506
1:25K map: NZ1114
1:10K map: NZ11SW
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

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Created: About one year ago
Updated: 11 months ago

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