6 December 2007
THE PROPERTY OF A COLLECTOR
A LATE ROMAN GOLD AND NICOLO KEY-RING
CIRCA LATE 3RD-EARLY 4TH CENTURY A.D.
The broad band composed of twelve panels with pierced-work decoration consisting of an inscription in two registers framed by rows of pelta shields, the inscription likely reading: MSVIPMARCIDA PENIHOMONOEA, "Homonoea, wife of P(ublius) Marcus Dapienus, her husband," the rectangular bezel set with a rectangular bevelled stone, engraved with a winged Victoria striding to the left, wearing a long chiton, holding a palm branch and wreath, the bezel projection with pierced-work peltae amidst tendrils
¾ in. (1.9 cm.) wide; ring size 5
Belgian Private Collector, acquired in London early 1980s.
with Ariadne Galleries, New York, 2003.
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For related key-rings with pierced-work ornament see nos. 334-342 in Yeroulanou, Diatrita, Gold Pierced-Work Jewellery from the 3rd to the 7th Century.
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