• Ancient Jewelry  auction at Christies

    Sale 2233

    Ancient Jewelry

    11 December 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 428

    A ROMAN CARNELIAN RINGSTONE

    CIRCA 1ST CENTURY B.C.

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    A ROMAN CARNELIAN RINGSTONE
    CIRCA 1ST CENTURY B.C.
    The flat circular stone engraved with the suicide of Ajax, the hero depicted nude, his crested Corinthian helmet high on his head, his large shield behind him, thrusting his sword into his abdomen, with a hatched border; set in a modern gold pendant and necklace, handcrafted by master goldsmith Tim Kohichi in 22 kt with a chain of original design (date inscribed)
    in. (1.3 cm.) diameter; 18¾ in. (47.6 cm.) necklace length


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    For the suicide of Ajax on an Etruscan scarab see no. 100 in Henig, Classical Gems, Ancient and Modern Intaglios and Cameos in the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.

    Provenance

    Belgian Private Collection, since 1978.