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    Sale 2057

    Ancient Jewelry

    9 December 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 293

    A ROMANO-BRITISH SILVER SNAKE RING

    CIRCA 2ND CENTURY A.D.

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A ROMANO-BRITISH SILVER SNAKE RING
    CIRCA 2ND CENTURY A.D.
    Formed from a stout wire coiled to an open hoop, the ends each terminating in a snake head, realistically rendered, with detailed scales along the upper half of the hoop, the snake eyes deeply recessed, the mouths delineated, with fine details along the sides of the heads
    1 in. (2.5 cm.) high; ring size 5


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    For a similar example found in London in Great Russell Street and now in the British Museum, see no. 3.6 in Johns, The Jewellery of Roman Britain.

    Provenance

    Belgian Private Collection, 1980s.