Ancient Roman Red Jasper Intaglio with a Rooster
Nice ancient Roman gem, made of red jasper and carved with an intaglio image of a rooster. Dates to circa 2nd - 3rd century AD. Dimensions: 5 x 7 x 2 mm.
cf.: British Museum, London, museum no. 19860401.202
Formerly in a London collection formed in the 1970's
The rooster in ancient Rome was a symbol of fertility, vigilance, protection, and prosperity. It was used as an offering and was associated with Roman gods such as Mars (god of war), Apollo (god of the sun), and Vulcan (god of fire). The rooster was believed to also protect against evil spirits and spells.