This is an ancient Roman silver intaglio ring, dating to the 2nd century A.D. It is set with its original sard gemstone intaglio, well cut with an image of the goddess Fortuna. She is depicted as enthroned, holding a cornucopia and rudder. The ring is in excavated condition, with the lower band distorted with an impact from burial. The gem is intact without any cracks or damage. Similar intaglio rings have been recorded from Norfolk (DENO-D7631D), Stafford (WMID-6C01C1) and Bedford (BH-737CD3).
OBJECT: Intaglio Ring
DATE: c. 2nd century A.D.
MATERIAL: Silver & Sard
RING SIZE: 4 1/2 (US) P (UK)
SIZE: 23mm overall, 20mm x 14mm (intaglio 12mm x 9mm)
WEIGHT: 9.3 grams
PROVENANCE: Ex. European Private Collection, Munich.
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