6 December 2007,
New York, Rockefeller Center
Price realised USD 21,250
Estimate USD 2,000 - USD 3,000
EIGHT ROMAN RING STONES
CIRCA 2ND CENTURY B.C.-1ST CENTURY A.D.
One of red jasper engraved with a frog seen from above; one of bloodstone engraved with a lion attacking a stag, a star and crescent above, on a groundline; one of banded agate engraved with a horned lion, on a groundline; one of plasma engraved with a lion, a bull's head below his raised forepaw, a tree arching above, on a groundline; one of garnet engraved with a wolf attacking a sheep, a row of plants to the right, on a groundline; one of banded agate engraved with a seated sphinx, three stars and a crescent above, the letters MIL to the left, on a groundline; one of carnelian engraved with a cock and a grasshopper above a toppled basket, a sheaf of wheat between them, a butterfly behind the cock, on a groundline; and one of carnelian engraved with a two-handled cup and a mouse upon a loaf of bread, all on a tripod table
Largest: 5/8 in. (1.5 cm.) long (8)
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European Private Collection, acquired in the late 19th-early 20th century.
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