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    Sale 1914

    Ancient Jewelry

    6 December 2007, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 322

    FIVE GREEK AND ROMAN RING STONES

    CIRCA 2ND CENTURY B.C.-3RD CENTURY A.D.

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    Estimate

    FIVE GREEK AND ROMAN RING STONES
    CIRCA 2ND CENTURY B.C.-3RD CENTURY A.D.
    One of garnet, Greek, circa 2nd century B.C., engraved with a portrait of a man in profile to the left, with tightly curling locks receding at the forehead and a full beard; one of carnelian, Roman, circa early 1st century A.D., engraved with a draped portrait bust of a youth in profile to the left, perhaps a Julio-Claudian prince; one of carnelian, Roman, circa mid 1st century A.D., engraved with a portrait of the Emperor Nero in profile to the left, a wreath of laurel in his hair; one of red jasper, Roman, circa early-mid 3rd century A.D., engraved with a draped portrait bust of an Emperor, perhaps Gordian III, in profile to the left, a wreath of laurel in his hair; and one of red jasper, Roman, circa late 2nd-3rd century A.D., engraved with a draped portrait bust of a bearded man in profile to the left
    Largest: 5/8 in. (1.5 cm.) long (5)


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    Provenance

    European Private Collection, acquired in the late 19th-early 20th century.


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A EUROPEAN GENTLEMAN