Christie's Special Exhibition Gallery
7 December 2011
A GREEK GOLD FINGER RING
LATE CLASSICAL TO HELLENISTIC PERIOD, CIRCA 4TH CENTURY B.C.
The plain hoop rounded on the exterior, carinated on the interior, expanding to the oval bezel, the underside bevelled, engraved with a crouching nude female facing left with her head turned back, her hands raised to her hair, on a double groundline
7/8 in. (2.2 cm.) wide; ring size 8½
Private Collection, London, 1982-1983.
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For the subject compare the gold ring from Taras, where the girl has her head thrown back rather than turned back, no. 712 in Boardman, Greek Gems and Finger Rings.
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