A Sasanian nicolo intaglio Circa 5th-7th Century A.D. The oval gem engraved with a male bust in profile, an inscription on the right and a small cross on the left, mounted in a modern ring, finger size 'M', 18mm length of intaglio
Provenance: English private collection, acquired in the early 1990s.
Literature: This intaglio is an interesting example produced by the small Christian minority living within the Sasanian Empire, mostly in eastern Syria and Mesopotamia. Christian symbols and images, such as the cross, were often rendered in the typical Sasanian style.