Rare ancient Greek intaglio; Hellenistic period dating to the 1st century AD. This carnelian intaglio with Gryllos is hexagonal in shape; mythical creature consisting of an ostrich, whose body is formed in the front as a Silenus mask/man's head . The rider is a mouse with a whip holding the reins. Grylloi's representation was very common in glyptic art during 1st century AD . It was characterized with beings that were combination of both human and animal form. In very good condition; two tiny chips on the side and bottom, otherwise intact. Very interesting and rare intaglio.
Identical piece found in the University of Bologna Museum; Inventory #: Gl 86 (see additional photo)
Acquired from Nemesis New York 2013, Ex. German collection 2020