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* A Roman carnelian ringstone intaglio, ca 1st century AD

RJ1906

finely carved carnelian with altar with two birds on either edge, with a ribbon in held between their beaks, with two dolphins in the lower field.

Finger rings were worn widely by Roman men and women.  Gold rings were a badge of rank for equestrians, and rings with carved stones were used to seal documents.  Others were magic charms to ward off bad luck.  For ring style compare:  Patricia F. Davidson, Andrew Oliver, Jr. ; "Ancient Greek and Roman gold jewelry in the Brooklyn Museum" (Brooklyn, 1984) no.222.

Condition:   The intaglio is intact and in good condition overall, set in a modern 18k gold ring.

Dimensions:   US ring size: 9 1/4

Provenance: J.L. private collection, Texas, acquired from the NY trade in the early 1990s.  



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