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Silver Ring with Blue Glass Intaglio

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5046, Silver Ring with Blue Glass Intaglio, 1st century B.C. - 1st century A.D.; setting: 20th century

Culture: Roman
Material: Glass
Dimensions: 1 x 1.8 cm

This glass intaglio is inscribed with a pastoral scene illustrating a shepherd and two goats. Pastoral scenes are commonly found on intaglio and would have appealed to those who lived in the countryside and to urban dwellers who romanticized the simplicity of country life. Most wealthy Romans carried intaglios that they used as seals.

Freud gave intaglio to his closest colleagues beginning in 1912 with the formation of the Committee, an exclusive group of supporters who defended Freud and psychoanalysis in the wake of dissenters such as Carl Jung and from criticism from outside of the field. After the original Committee dissolved Freud continued to present rings to his closest friends and supporters. This particular ring was given to German psychoanalyst Ernst Simmel in 1928.

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