• Ancient Jewelry  auction at Christies

    Sale 2233

    Ancient Jewelry

    11 December 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 391

    A GREEK SILVER FINGER RING

    ARCHAIC PERIOD, CIRCA LATE 6TH CENTURY B.C.

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    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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    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.

    Provenance

    Swiss Private Collection, 1930s.