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    Sale 1914

    Ancient Jewelry

    6 December 2007, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 334

    A ROMAN AMETHYST RING STONE

    CIRCA 2ND-3RD CENTURY A.D.

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A ROMAN AMETHYST RING STONE
    CIRCA 2ND-3RD CENTURY A.D.
    Double sided, one side engraved with an ithyphallic jackal-headed deity, standing with both arms raised, encircled by a Greek inscription, the other side with a lovemaking scene, the goat-legged god Pan penetrating his lover from behind, resting his hands on his lover's back, the lover leaning forward with the hands lowered to the knees
    ¾ in. (1.9 cm.) long


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    Provenance

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


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A EUROPEAN GENTLEMAN