Roman Silver & Nicolo Gem Intaglio Ring Female Portrait
This is a wonderful ancient Roman silver intaglio ring, dating to the 2nd century A.D. The ring is set with an ancient Roman Nicolo gemstone intaglio, cut with a portrait of a lady. The hairstyle fits with the latter half of the 1st century A.D., around the time of Empress Domitia and Plotina. The gem is an excellent example of a good excavated condition (without any cracks or chips). Such a gem would have been used to seal and authenticate letters and transactions. It is a good and historical piece of wearable ancient Roman jewelry.
OBJECT: Intaglio Ring
DATE: c. 1st - 2nd century A.D.
MATERIAL: Silver & Nicolo
RING SIZE: 7 3/4 (US) P 1/2 (UK)
SIZE: 21mm x 22mm x 5mm (bezel 17mm x 14mm x 2mm)
WEIGHT: 6.96 grams
PROVENANCE: Ex. Property of a Private collector, Chicago. Originally found in Kent. U.K.