• Ancient Jewelry  auction at Christies

    Sale 2233

    Ancient Jewelry

    11 December 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 352

    A ROMAN GLASS RINGSTONE

    CIRCA 2ND CENTURY A.D.

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A ROMAN GLASS RINGSTONE
    CIRCA 2ND CENTURY A.D.
    Amber in color, the convex oval engraved with a profile head of Africa or Libya, the personification of the province shown as a young woman wearing an elephant headdress; mounted as a stick-pin in a 19th century gold setting
    Ringstone: 7/16 in. (1.1 cm.) long; stickpin: 2¾ in. (6.9 cm.) long


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    For the subject compare the nicolo ringstone, no. 332 in Henig, Classical Gems, Ancient and Modern Intaglios and Cameos in the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.

    Provenance

    Acquired prior to 1972.


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM A SWISS PRIVATE COLLECTION