A ROMAN CARNELIAN RINGSTONE WITH HYGEIA
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A ROMAN CARNELIAN RINGSTONE WITH HYGEIA

CIRCA 1ST CENTURY B.C.

Details
A ROMAN CARNELIAN RINGSTONE WITH HYGEIA
CIRCA 1ST CENTURY B.C.
1/2 in. (1.3 cm.) long
Provenance
Giorgio Sangiorgi (1886-1965), Rome, acquired and brought to Switzerland, late 1930s; thence by continuous descent to the current owner.
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Lot Essay

The oval stone is engraved with Hygieia, the daughter of the god Asklepius and personification of health, her hair bound up and wearing a long chiton. She is offering a dish, held in her outstretched hand, to her father's healing serpent which is coiled in front and behind her body. A popular motif on Roman gems, cf. cf. M. Maaskant-Kleibrink, Catalogue of the Engraved Gems in the Royal Coin Cabinet The Hague, The Hague, 1978, nos 287, 634, 710, 840 and 848.
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