Late Hellenistic Gold Seal Ring

£ 2,600.00

A superb and rare late Hellenistic solid gold finger seal ring, featuring a round section hoop and a large, oval bezel. The bezel is finely engraved with the depiction of a deity shown wearing a long draped vest and holding a staff and what appears to be a cornucopia. UK ring size P. Weight: 9.85 g.

 

 

Date: Circa 2nd-1st Century BC
Condition: Extremely fine condition. Signs of aging on the surface.
Product Code: GS-05
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Both men and women wore jewellery in antiquity and this kind of adornments were not only worn with an aesthetic purpose, but also as a symbol of wealth, power and social status. Common motifs of decoration comprised Ancient Greek gods and goddesses. The deity portrayed on the bezel of this ring might be referred to the goddess Tyche, the Greek equivalent of the Roman goddess Fortuna. In Ancient Greek mythology and culture Tyche was the tutelary deity who governed fortune and prosperity. The word cornucopia derives from the Latin words cornus, meaning horn, and copia, which means abundance.

To discover more about jewellery in Ancient Greece, please visit our relevant post: The Use of Gold in Ancient Greece

Dimensions W 1.8 cm
Region

Southern Europe

Metal

Gold

Greek Mythology

Tyche

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