A Smoky Quartz Hand-Seal Carved as Atlas

19TH CENTURY

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A Smoky Quartz Hand-Seal Carved as Atlas
19th century
Realistically carved, the kneeling figure of Atlas on a rounded rectangular base, the world resting on his shoulders and engraved with the continents, longitudes and latitudes and captioned in Russian, the matrix carved with a crowned Cyrillic monogram, apparently unmarked
2 5/8 in. (6.7 cm.) high