6 December 2007
THE PROPERTY OF A EUROPEAN GENTLEMAN
A ROMAN AMETHYST RING STONE
CIRCA 1ST CENTURY B.C.
The flat oval stone engraved with a portrait of an old man of character in profile to the left, with a hooked nose, fleshy face and thick neck, his hair receding; mounted as a swivel in a 19th century gold setting, a chip to the top of the head filled in gold, the bezel with a band of blue enamel, a Vatican City hallmark on the hoop
11/16 in. (1.7 cm.) long; ring size 9½
European Private Collection, acquired in the late 19th-early 20th century.
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