Photo of precious stone carved with image of Alexander the Great
Published on September 15th, 2009 | by Admin1
A few weeks ago I posted an article about a gemstone being found with the face of Alexander the Great carved on it. Unfortunately I did not have a photograph of it at the time. I do now, and it’s exquisite, considering how small the stone is. So I thought I’d share it with you.
“Despite its miniature dimensions – the stone is less than a centimeter high and its width is less than half a centimeter – the engraver was able to depict the bust of Alexander on the gem without omitting any of the ruler’s characteristics” notes Dr. Gilboa, Chair of the Department of Archaeology at the University of Haifa. “The emperor is portrayed as young and forceful, with a strong chin, straight nose and long curly hair held in place by a diadem.”