The oval lace agate plaque carved with an intaglio depicting Apollo leaning against a pillar upon which a bow and arrow are resting, in Apollo's right hand there is a lyre and at his feet an eagle, mounted in yellow gold, circa 1780. Ring size 50 1/2. 25mm x 18mm. Weight: 5.36 grams
Note: As one of the twelve Olympian deities, Apollo remains one of the better known gods of the ancient world. Whilst he has many attributes, the lyre is a common symbol in reference to him as the god of the artistic muses and having invented strong music. Another well known association is that with a golden bow and quiver of silver arrows, as his twin sister Artemis and he are lauded with having invented archery and as gods of the hunt. The eagle at his feet could be a reference to Apollo intercepting Zeus' rage and convincing his to change Periphas into an eagle instead of killing him and his entire family. This intaglio seems to be a direct reference to one of the Homeric Hymns, which were a collection of anonymous Ancient Greek hymns celebrating individual gods thought to have been written in the 7th Century BC. Apollo's has him declare at his birth: "Let the lyre and curving bow be possessions to call my own, and for humans let me proclaim the unerring counsel of Zeus”. Zeus, his father, represented here by the eagle at his feet. Zeus was often represented and with or as an eagle.