Christie's Special Exhibition Gallery
7 December 2011
A ROMAN CARNELIAN RINGSTONE
CIRCA 1ST-2ND CENTURY A.D.
The convex oval stone engraved with facing busts of Sol and Luna at the top, flanked by Fortuna standing to the left, holding a cornucopia and a ship's rudder, her head surmounted by a modius, and helmeted Minerva to the right, holding a spear and a shield, a garland above clasped hands on the groundline between them; mounted as a ring in a modern gold setting
5/8 in. (1.6 cm.) wide; ring size 5¾
with Ariadne Galleries, New York, 1980s.
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For a similar composition see no. 317 in Wagner and Boardman, A Collection of Classical and Eastern Intaglios, Rings and Cameos.
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