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    Sale 1914

    Ancient Jewelry

    6 December 2007, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 331

    SIX ROMAN NICOLO RING STONES

    CIRCA 1ST CENTURY A.D.

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    SIX ROMAN NICOLO RING STONES
    CIRCA 1ST CENTURY A.D.
    One engraved with a sculptor seated on rocks, wearing a tunic, hammering on a tree (?), a tree arching overhead; one engraved with Bonus Eventus standing in profile to the right, a mantle over his shoulders, holding two sheaves of wheat and a cluster of grapes; one engraved with an intoxicated Hercules, the burly hero stumbling forward, attempting to urinate, his lion skin and club over his shoulders; one engraved with a soldier wearing a cuirass, tunic and mantle, frontal facing, holding a trophy over his shoulder and a spear in his hand; one engraved with two figures, a draped bearded man, perhaps a doctor, seated on stool, one hand in his lap holding an implement, reaching up with the other hand, touching the face of a draped youth leaning forward, an overturned vessel at his feet; and one engraved with Diomedes stepping over an altar, holding the Palladion in one hand, a sword in the other, a mantle draped over his arm
    Largest: 9/16 in. (1.4 cm.) long (6)


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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