Ancient Roman Silver  'Utere Felix' Ribbed Finger Ring

Ancient Roman Silver 'Utere Felix' Ribbed Finger Ring

Code: 10768

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This is an ancient Roman silver finger ring, dating to the 3rd - 4th century A.D. The ring is a large military type, composed of ten concave panels or facets separated by rounded ribs. Each of the panels contains a stamped letters forming the inscription: Utere Felix (meaning ‘Carry Fortune’ or 'Good Luck' to the user). A similar 'ribbed' finger ring has been recorded from Newport in Wales (NMGW-D725C3). This type of inscription is usually associated with the military, worn on belt fittings. The 'spiked' ribbed type of ring also has a 'military' feel about it, similar to canine collars used by war-dogs. It is likely a military piece with an inscription for luck and long life, suitable for an auxiliary soldier. The size and weight is very impressive, ideal for a very large man, possibly a mercenary of a Germanic/Scandinavian stock (the 'F' in Felix looking very runic in the way it is cut).  

OBJECT: Finger Ring

CULTURE: Roman

DATE: c. 3rd - 4th century AD

MATERIAL: Silver

RING SIZE:    13  (US)       Z 3/4 (UK)

SIZE: 32mm x 9mm 

WEIGHT:  18 grams

PROVENANCE: Ex. European Private Collection, Munich