ROMAN BRONZE RING WITH AESCULAPIUS INTAGLIO
Measurements: 2 cm - internal diameter UK ring size U
Description: A good-sized Ancient Roman bronze ring, featuring an oval loop, expanding shoulders and an engraved bezel. The bezel is decorated with the depiction of a seated male figure, shown in profile, while holding a serpent-entwined distaff on his left hand.
The figure can be referred to the Roman god Aesculapius. In ancient Greek and Roman mythology, Asclepius or Aesculapius, was the god associated with medicine, healing and science. The deity is here shown while holding his most significant attribute, the serpent-entwined rod know as the Rod of Asclepius or the Staff of Asclepius. The serpent and the staff appear to have been separate symbols that were combined at some point in the development of the Asclepian cult. The rod of Asclepius remains a symbol of medicine today.
Period: 1st-2nd century AD
Condition: Fine, complete and intact. The ring displays a beautiful greenish patination.
Provenance: The artefact has been excavated in the UK, requiring an export licence for international purchase. The application will be arranged by the seller, at no additional charges for the buyer. The item can only be shipped after the licence has been obtained, this may take up to six weeks.