Roman Intaglio Ring with Donkey and Mouse

£ 1,820.00

A finely modelled Ancient Roman gold intaglio ring with a D-shaped loop which meets at a finely crafted bezel, set with a black engraved hardstone, possibly obsidian. The engraved image it that of a donkey, seemingly mid step, rendered in a naturalistic style, together with a little mouse. An endearing piece, highlighting the simple charm of everyday Roman life. UK ring size M. Weight: 3.5g.


Date: Circa 1st-4th century AD.
Condition: Good condition. Crack to the intaglio and signs of aging to the surface.


Product Code: RES-83
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Intaglio rings were a popular style of jewellery in Ancient Rome and have been uncovered across the full geographic extent of the former Roman Empire. The nature of their individual production meant that designs and details show a wide variety, including gods, goddesses and animals.

To discover more about Roman jewellery, please visit our relevant blog post: Roman Jewellery: Gold Rings.

Dimensions W 2 cm



Southern Europe

Semi-Precious Stone

Hard Stone, Obsidian

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