6 December 2007
A GREEK GILT SILVER AND CHALCEDONY FINGER RING
CLASSICAL PERIOD, CIRCA 4TH CENTURY B.C.
The scaraboid with a statue of Athena, perhaps the Palladion of Troy, wearing a long peplos and a triple-crested helmet, standing on a plinth, a shield in one hand, a spear in the other; the swivel ring a wide ribbon terminating in a dome at each end, joined by a wire threaded through the scaraboid and coiled around each end
5/8 in. (1.5 cm.) long
European Private Collection, acquired in the late 19th-early 20th century.
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For a sard scaraboid in Boston with the same subject, more refined in style, see no. 57 in Beazley, The Lewes House Collection of Ancient Gems.
Please note the swivel setting is ancient, contemporary with the stone.
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