Roman Silver Intaglio Ring Gryllos Magical Gem

Roman Silver Intaglio Ring Gryllos Magical Gem

Code: 10695


This is an ancient Roman silver intaglio ring, dating to the 2nd - 3rd century AD. It is set with its original jasper intaglio, cut with a representation of a Gryllos. It has the body of a cockerel with the head of Silenus, at the top is a protome of a horses head. It is thought these gems were worn for protection and had apotropaic qualities. This example has survived within the original mount, though has a light crack that appears stable. The intaglio would have acted as a private signature, to authenticate letters and transactions. 

OBJECT: Intaglio Ring


DATE: c. 2nd - 3rd century AD

MATERIAL: Silver & jasper gemstone

RING SIZE: 5 1/4  (US)   K 1/4 (UK)

SIZE: 20mm x 23mm x 6mm x 12mm  (intaglio 9mm x 7mm)

WEIGHT: 11.1 grams

PROVENANCE: Ex. Winchester collection