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    Sale 1914

    Ancient Jewelry

    6 December 2007, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 411

    A GREEK CARNELIAN RING STONE

    PTOLEMAIC PERIOD, 304-30 B.C.

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A GREEK CARNELIAN RING STONE
    PTOLEMAIC PERIOD, 304-30 B.C.
    The slightly convex oval stone engraved with a head of Dionysus in profile, his hair rolled back at the sides, two tendrils falling onto his shoulder, the individual strands of hair finely detailed, crowned with an ivy wreath, his lidded eyes beneath heavy brows, with a straight nose, fleshy mouth and rounded chin
    in. (1.8 cm.) wide


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    This stone is likely a portrait of a Ptolemaic ruler in the guise of Dionysus. For a similar example, see no. 26 in Plantzos, Hellenistic Engraved Gems.

    Provenance

    Swiss Art Market, 1982.