ANCIENT ROMAN BRONZE RING

£350.00

Measurements: diameter – 2.3 cm and 1.8 cm

 

Description: A Roman bronze D-shaped ring decorated with a procession of soldiers/military personel. Within the centre of the flat bezel is the most distinct figure, helmeted and seated upon a horse, carrying a sword and his cloak flowing behind him. Around him other figures march along. The horseman is shown trampling over an individual, most likely a captive or the enemy soldier who is lying on the ground. Finger rings were among the most popular types of jewellery in the Roman Empire. Due to the nature of scene depicted a soldier likely wore this ring.  A horseman trampling over defeated enemies was a popular subject on the tombstones of soldiers and official imperial monuments dedicated to victories of the Roman army (e.g. Trajan’s column).

 

Period: 2nd - 3rd century AD

 

Condition: Very fine. Figures still clearly visible. A beautiful rich green patination covers the whole ring.
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