This is an ancient Roman gold finger ring, dating to the 3rd century A.D. The ring is set with a red almandine garnet simply cut with an intaglio. This depicts a small figure of Priapos, standing on a column before an altar, in which a female figure is offering up a libation. The gem is simply cut and has a chip to the top right corner. The ring is intact and excavated.
OBJECT: Finger Ring
DATE: c. 3rd century A.D.
MATERIAL: Gold & Garnet
RING SIZE: 4 (US) H 1/2 (UK)
SIZE: 17mm x 17mm x 1mm (bezel 8mm x 8mm x 2mm)
WEIGHT: 1.11 grams
PROVENANCE: Formerly the property of a lady, Canterbury.
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