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    Sale 1914

    Ancient Jewelry

    6 December 2007, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 416

    FOUR ROMAN RING STONES

    CIRCA 1ST-4TH CENTURY A.D.

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    FOUR ROMAN RING STONES
    CIRCA 1ST-4TH CENTURY A.D.
    One a flat oval yellow jasper "magic gem" engraved on one side with a crab, an inscription in Greek around the bevelled edge including the letters, ARHIPVW, and an inscription on the reverse reading, AXPAB; a convex oval eye agate engraved with Serapis in profile, the bearded god with characteristic modius; a flat oval carnelian engraved with a bust of Mercury, the youthful god with curly hair, his caduceus in the field before him, an inscription in Greek behind him reading, AYKH; and a convex oval amethyst deeply engraved with a profile bearded male bust, wearing a mantle and a wreath of laurel
    Amethyst: in. (1.9 cm.) long (4)


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    Provenance

    London Art Market, 1980s.