This is an ancient Roman silver intaglio ring, dating to the 2nd century A.D. The ring is set with the original carnelian intaglio depicting a sitting red squirrel. The gemstone is tightly set in a rubbed over mount, although has some wear it is still in good condition. A red squirrel is a nice subject for an intaglio and one I haven't come across before!
OBJECT: Intaglio Ring
DATE: c. 2nd century A.D.
MATERIAL: Silver & Carnelian
RING SIZE: 6 3/4 (US) N 1/2 (UK)
SIZE: 19mm x 21mm x 9mm x 3mm (intaglio 10mm x 7mm)
WEIGHT: 4.94 grams
PROVENANCE: Ex. European private collection, Vienna (Austria).
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