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A GREEK GOLD AND CARNELIAN FINGER RING
A GREEK GOLD AND CARNELIAN FINGER RING

CLASSICAL PERIOD, CIRCA 4TH CENTURY B.C.

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A GREEK GOLD AND CARNELIAN FINGER RING
CLASSICAL PERIOD, CIRCA 4TH CENTURY B.C.
With a solid broad hoop, flat on the interior, rounded on the exterior, expanding slightly to the shoulders and extending up to the wide flaring oval bezel, the rim with an engraved scrolling tendril framed on the outer edge with bead-and-reel and on the inner edge with tongues, set with a convex oval carnelian, engraved with a bull charging to the right, the forelegs bent, his head lowered, the tail curving forward with the dot tassel on the flank, the ribs indicated, on a groundline
1 in. (2.5 cm.) wide; ring size 6
Provenance
Acquired by the current owner, Switzerland, 1979.

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Lot Essay

For a gold ring of nearly identical form, said to be from Pozzuoli and formerly in the Castellani collection, see no. 91 in F.H. Marshall, Catalogue of the Finger Rings, Greek, Etruscan & Roman in the Departments of Antiquities, British Museum. For the motif of the gem, compare the example cut on the convex back of a scaraboid, no. 18 in C. Wagner and J. Boardman, A Collection of Classical and Eastern Intaglios, Rings and Cameos.

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