This is an ancient Roman gold finger ring of a keeled type, dating to the 3rd century A.D. The ring is of a good size, with a raised round bezel set with a garnet gemstone. The finger ring can be categorized as Henig's (1978) Type VIII, dating from the third century AD. The finger ring is keeled in profile with decorated shoulders. A similar 'keeled' type ring with an intaglio from the Vale of the White Horse is discussed BERK-B279D7. This ring has survived in good excavated condition with no damage or restorations, the gem appears to be original.
OBJECT: Finger Ring
DATE: c. 3rd century AD
RING SIZE: 6 (US) M (UK)
SIZE: 21mm x 21mm x 2mm (bezel 8mm x 5mm)
WEIGHT: 3.94 grams
PROVENANCE: Ex. Cambridgeshire collection, originally from "Mr H. Collection", Northumbria. UK
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