ROMAN RING WITH AN EMPEROR - EXCEPTIONAL QUALITY
Measurements: 1.9 cm – internal diameter, approximate ring sizes: British S, USA 9 1/4, Europe 20.38, Japan 19, 6 g – weight
Description: A high quality Roman gold ring with a superb intaglio thought to depict emperor Caracalla. A D-section hollow gold hoop with elliptical cell features an inset garnet plaque with intaglio profile with a bust of an emperor and caduceus. The bust bears similarities to that of Caracalla as a youth as seen on coin portraits issued by his father, Septimius Severus. On the reverse of those coins of Caracalla, Felicitas often holds a caduceus as well Caracalla got his name from the Gallic hooded cloak that he favoured, the caracallus - his real name being Marcus Aurelius Severus Antoninus Pius. Caracalla became sole ruler of the Roman Empire after murdering his brother, Geta in 211 AD.
Provenance: Property of a Mayfair gentleman; acquired by the family during the 1970s. Supplied with a positive X-Ray Fluorescence metal analysis certificate.
Period: 1st – 2nd cent. AD
Condition: Extremely fine, suitable for modern wear.
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