This is an ancient Roman silver intaglio ring, dating to the 2nd - 3rd century A.D. The ring has tapered triangular shoulders and a narrowed D-sectioned band. The bezel is set with its original carnelian intaglio, cut with a device of a standing figure. The intaglio is mounted within a raised collet, with a rubbed over setting. It is a simple intaglio, of provincial workmanship (likely British or Germanic). Such a ring would have been worn to act as a private signature, for sealing letters or transactions. Today it has survived to us intact, though has slight nibbling to the bezel and a small chip to the side of the gem. The intaglio is a little loose but still secured in the original setting. A nice excavated ancient Roman intaglio ring.
OBJECT: Intaglio Ring
DATE: c. 2nd - 3rd century A.D.
MATERIAL: Silver & carnelian
RING SIZE: 5 (US) J 1/2 (UK)
SIZE: 22.04mm x 18.84mm x 7.75mm (intaglio 9.02mm x 6.83mm)
WEIGHT: 2.6 grams
PROVENANCE: ex. private collection. Munich, Germany
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