• Ancient Jewelry  auction at Christies

    Sale 2233

    Ancient Jewelry

    11 December 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 421

    A ROMAN GOLD SNAKE RING

    CIRCA 1ST CENTURY B.C.-1ST CENTURY A.D.

    Price Realised  

    A ROMAN GOLD SNAKE RING
    CIRCA 1ST CENTURY B.C.-1ST CENTURY A.D.
    Formed from a stout wire, the body coiled, the neck twisted into a double figure-eight, the head turned out, the tail coiled into three spiral loops, the upper surface of the body and tail with a scale pattern defined by incised crosshatching, the details on the head delineated
    1 5/8 in. (4.1 cm.) long; ring size 5½


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    Provenance

    with Nina Borowski, Paris, 1980.