6 December 2007,
New York, Rockefeller Center
Price realised USD 43,000
Estimate USD 2,000 - USD 3,000
SIX ROMAN RING STONES
CIRCA 1ST CENTURY B.C.-1ST CENTURY A.D.
One of eye agate engraved with Pan standing frontal, a cloak pinned over his shoulders, one hand extending over the head of a tunic-clad boy in a similar posture, on a groundline; one of chalcedony engraved with a draped Ceres enthroned, holding two sheaves of wheat, an insect before her; one of carnelian engraved with Victoria, frontal facing, driving a biga pulled by two hippocamps (?); one of brown chalcedony engraved with a syncretistic winged Fortuna, wearing a crested helmet, a peplos and himation, holding two sheaves of wheat and a ship's rudder, on a short groundline; one of red jasper engraved with Jupiter enthroned, a mantle over his shoulder, holding Victoria proffering a wreath in one hand, a scepter in the other, his eagle at his feet, on a groundline; and one of banded agate engraved with a nude warrior facing frontal, a mantle over his shoulders, holding a spear and the reins of his horse, standing in profile behind him, on groundline
Largest: ¾ in. (1.9 cm.) long (6)
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European Private Collection, acquired in the late 19th-early 20th century.
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