5 December 2012
THE PROPERTY OF A CALIFORNIA LADY
A ROMAN BROWN CHALCEDONY RINGSTONE
CIRCA LATE 1ST CENTURY B.C.-EARLY 1ST CENTURY A.D.
Engraved with Venus before an aedicula, the goddess with a mantle wrapped around her hips and legs, leaving her upper torso bare, holding a dove by the wings, the aedicula atop a tall garlanded pedestal, enclosing a figure of Priapus, a draped girl in between offering a bowl to the goddess, a tree arching over the scene from the left, on a groundline
7/8 in. (2.2 cm.) long
Said to have been found near Chartres, France, circa 1900.
with S. H. Chapman, Philadelphia, 1911.
Mr. L. S. Gans.
Private Collector, Malibu Lake, California, prior to 1970s; thence by descent.
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