This is an ancient Roman bronze intaglio ring, dating to the 3rd century A.D. The ring is set with the original carnelian intaglio, depicting a pair of clasped hands between ears of wheat (the gemmarius forgot to engrave the stalks on this example). The bronze ring is in good excavated condition, being part of a cache of rings from a jeweler (discovered in Europe). A similar jewelers hoard was discovered in Senttisham in Norfolk. The gems appear to be related and the working stock of a jeweler. This ring is in excellent condition and has a nice olive patina. A nice ring for the collector.
OBJECT: Intaglio Ring
DATE: c. 3rd century A.D.
MATERIAL: Bronze & Carnelian
RING SIZE: 4 1/2 (US) I 1/2 (UK)
SIZE: 18mm x 19mm (intaglio 6.2mm x 4.6mm)
WEIGHT: 1.84 grams
PROVENANCE: Ex. German Private Collection
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