This is an ancient Roman silver intaglio ring, dating to the 3rd century A.D. The ring is set with the original intaglio depicting the god Mercury (Hermes) holding a purse/bag of money. The gemstone appears to be a red jasper, however, the ring may have been involved in a fire at some point and this has turned the gemstone dark brown. It is intact and in excavated condition and still wearable!
OBJECT: Intaglio Ring
DATE: c. 3rd century A.D.
MATERIAL: Silver & Jasper
RING SIZE: 6 3/4 (US) N 1/2 (UK)
SIZE: 22mm x 26mm x 13mm x 4mm (intaglio 13mm x 9mm)
WEIGHT: 10.50 grams
PROVENANCE: Ex. European private collection, Vienna (Austria).
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