9 December 2008,
Price realised USD 7,500
USD 8,000 - USD 10,000
A BRACELET OF NINE RINGSTONES
CIRCA 1ST-5TH CENTURY A.D.
Mounted together in an antique gold setting, from left to right: a Sasanian carnelian with a stag; a Roman carnelian with Isis-Fortuna; a Roman yellow chalcedony with a hand holding wheat and poppies; a Sasanian agate with a bearded bust; a Roman bevelled banded agate with an eagle, a wreath in its mouth, a six-letter inscription in the field; a European black jasper with a bearded bust; a Roman chalcedony with winged Victoria; a Sasanian carnelian with a winged figure; and a Roman red jasper with a goddess and a horse
Central stone: ¾ in. (1.9 cm.) high
Bracelet: 6½ in. (16.5 cm.) long, including clasp
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A Constantinopolitan family, before World War I.
Anonymous sale; Sotheby's, New York, 15 June 1988, lot 151 (part).
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