6 December 2007
THE PROPERTY OF A EUROPEAN GENTLEMAN
A GREEK AMETHYST RING STONE
HELLENISTIC PERIOD, CIRCA 3RD CENTURY B.C.
Oval in form, slightly convex, engraved with a draped bust of a woman in profile to the left, perhaps a Ptolemaic queen, her hair neatly coiffed, with an angled fringe at the side and two long serpentine tendrils falling along her neck
15/16 in. (2.3 cm.) long
European Private Collection, acquired in the late 19th-early 20th century.
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For related portraits, most wearing diadems, see nos. 33-36 in Plantzos, Hellenistic Engraved Gems.
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