This is an ancient Roman silver intaglio ring, dating to the 2nd century A.D. The ring is set with the original agate intaglio (gone white) depicting a European Hare. The hare is leaping with the tail up, the gem is set at an angle, this is either on purpose to give more action/movement when worn on the finger, or has slipped from the original horizontal position. Originally the gem would have been cut on a brown agate, but great age has patinated the surfaces white. Thje ring is intact and in excavated condition with an untouched patina.
OBJECT: Intaglio Ring
DATE: c. 2nd century A.D.
MATERIAL: Silver & agate
RING SIZE: 4 1/2 (US) I 1/2 (UK)
SIZE: 21mm x 23mm x 4mm x 13mm (intaglio 8mm dia x 5mm)
WEIGHT: 8.64 grams
PROVENANCE: Ex. European private collection, Vienna (Austria).
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