We are taking another trip to my local museums or this next feature, with two Roman-British Intaglios. It always pleasing to see objects like these in local museums, close to where they were found, rather than larger museums, in stores, or in private collections.
The gold ring has to be my favourite of the objects, and was recorded under the Portable Antiques scheme in 2013, and then purchased for the museum.
The ring has an impressive blue oval Intaglio in gold bezel setting. The depicts a winged adolescent male, which has been identified as Cupid. He is leaning on a coloumn with one hand outstretched holding a torch. In the tale of Cupid and Psyche, a mortal girl with whom he fell love, he burns with a torch when she is in the form of a butterfly.
Similar styles of rings have also been found at other sites in the area.