Ancient Roman Silver & Sard Intaglio Ring of a Wine Krater

Ancient Roman Silver & Sard Intaglio Ring of a Wine Krater

Code: 10167


This is an ancient Roman silver intaglio ring, dating to the 2nd - 3rd century AD. It is set with its original sard intaglio, cut with a representation of a wine Krater. The intaglio would have acted as a private signature, to authenticate letters and transactions. The Krater would signify the owner's fondness for wines and Bacchanalian revelry.

This is a Henig type III finger ring and can be compared to a number of silver rings from a 2nd-century jeweller's hoard found at Snettisham, Norfolk (Johns 1997: 95 - 99). At least three of the Snettisham rings also had intaglios depicting Fortuna holding a rudder (ibid. 89, nos. 154 - 156). The fact that the intaglio protrudes above the setting is unusual: in most cases the top of the gem is flush with the surface of the ring (Johns 1996: 42).

Today this ancient ring has survived intact and in untouched condition, it will be suitable for considerate wear if one so chooses.

OBJECT: Intaglio Ring


DATE: c. 2nd - 3rd century AD

MATERIAL: Silver & sard gemstone

RING SIZE: 5 1/4  (US) K 1/4 (UK)

SIZE: 20mm x 20.5mm x 12.9mm (intaglio 9.4mm x 7.3mm)

WEIGHT: 6.02 grams

PROVENANCE: Ex. Charles Fraser collection, London.