6 December 2007,
New York, Rockefeller Plaza
Price Realised USD 11,250
SEVEN ROMAN RING STONES
CIRCA 1ST CENTURY B.C.-1ST CENTURY A.D.
Each engraved with a gryllos, one of red jasper with a composite figure of three bearded heads and an elephant head, a palm branch in its trunk; one of carnelian with a composite bird of a Silenus mask and a ram's head, a sheaf of wheat in the ram's mouth serving as the tail, surmounted by a horse's head, the wing terminating in a griffin head, on cock's legs; one of green and red jasper with a similar composite bird; one of carnelian with a combination of two theater masks, an angry old man with sunken cheeks and a beard facing left, and a bearded comic mask facing right; one of carnelian with a composite figure of two bearded heads, a youthful head and an elephant head, a palm branch in its trunk; one of red jasper with a composite figure of two bearded heads and a youthful head, a pedum in the field; and one of spotted black jasper with a combination of a youthful head facing left and a bearded head facing right
Largest: 11/16 in. (1.7 cm.) wide (7)
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European Private Collection, acquired in the late 19th-early 20th century.
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