A GREEK GOLD FINGER RING WITH CYBELE
A GREEK GOLD FINGER RING WITH CYBELE
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A GREEK GOLD FINGER RING WITH CYBELE

CLASSICAL PERIOD, CIRCA 4TH CENTURY B.C.

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A GREEK GOLD FINGER RING WITH CYBELE
CLASSICAL PERIOD, CIRCA 4TH CENTURY B.C.
1 1⁄8 in. (2.8 cm.) long
Provenance
Antike Kunstwerke, Auktion IV, Ars Antiqua, Lucerne, 7 October 1962, lot 168.
Jean de Besnay, France.
Art Market, Paris.
Acquired by the current owner from the above, 2020.

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Lot Essay

This striking Greek gold finger ring is quite rare for its form and ornamentation. The present example features a square flat bezel rather than the more typical box bezel of pointed oval form (see the example in the British Museum with a nude woman standing at a pillar, no. 217.7 in J. Boardman, Greek Gems and Finger Rings, and another in Leiden with a crouching Eros, no. 12bis in R.A. Lunsingh Scheurleer, Antieke Sier, Goud en zilver van Grieken en Romeinen). It shares with the two cited examples a sheet gold figure in relief, as well as similar elaborate ornamentation, including a frame of filigree beaded, plain and spiral wire.

On the ring presented here, the goddess Cybele is enthroned within an Ionic naiskos. She is holding a phiale and a scepter and is framed by a seated lion on either side. The scene is framed by rosettes at the corners. The hoop is formed of two spiral-twisted wires with a beaded wire along the exterior join, tapering at each end and inserted into lion-head terminals that bite onto the bezel.

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