$3,500 USD– SOLD
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.