ROMAN GOLD RING WITH CARNELIAN INTAGLIO
Measurements: 2 cm- internal diameter. UK ring size P. Weight: 7 g.
Description: An exquisite Ancient Roman gold finger ring, featuring a wide-concaved circular loop and a conical trumpet bezel. The bezel is set with a finely engraved carnelian stone, depicting a crater from which two laurel branches protrude.
The engraving of gemstones was a major luxury art form in the Ancient World. In Ancient Roman culture gemstones were amongst the most expensive and luxurious objects and were prized above all other possessions. The motif of the crater full of fruits and branches of laurel, is typical of the funeral repertoire during the Imperial Age. Such depictions would have been used as a symbol of rebirth and fertility.
Period: 1st-3rd Century AD
Condition: Extremely fine.