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    Sale 1914

    Ancient Jewelry

    6 December 2007, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 306

    A GREEK GILT SILVER AND CHALCEDONY FINGER RING

    CLASSICAL PERIOD, CIRCA 4TH CENTURY B.C.

    Price Realised  

    A GREEK GILT SILVER AND CHALCEDONY FINGER RING
    CLASSICAL PERIOD, CIRCA 4TH CENTURY B.C.
    The scaraboid with a statue of Athena, perhaps the Palladion of Troy, wearing a long peplos and a triple-crested helmet, standing on a plinth, a shield in one hand, a spear in the other; the swivel ring a wide ribbon terminating in a dome at each end, joined by a wire threaded through the scaraboid and coiled around each end
    5/8 in. (1.5 cm.) long


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    For a sard scaraboid in Boston with the same subject, more refined in style, see no. 57 in Beazley, The Lewes House Collection of Ancient Gems.

    Provenance

    European Private Collection, acquired in the late 19th-early 20th century.


    Saleroom Notice

    Please note the swivel setting is ancient, contemporary with the stone.


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A EUROPEAN GENTLEMAN