11 December 2009,
New York, Rockefeller Center
Price realised USD 13,750
Estimate USD 4,000 - USD 6,000
A GREEK SILVER FINGER RING
ARCHAIC PERIOD, CIRCA LATE 6TH CENTURY B.C.
Formed from a solid bar, circular in section, hammered flat to give a diamond-shaped bezel, then bent back upon itself and soldered, the bezel engraved with a monster facing left, composed of the forepart of a horse paired with a human leg, a palmette before it, a gold stud above, enclosed within a hatched border
1 1/16 in (2.7 cm) wide; ring size 9
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Molly Morse Limmer
For a related example with a Hippocamp-like monster from the Campana Collection, now in the Louvre, see no. F8, in Boardman, "Archaic Finger Rings," in Antike Kunst, vol 10.
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