5 December 2012
A ROMAN CARNELIAN RINGSTONE
CIRCA 1ST CENTURY A.D.
The flat oval stone engraved with a shepherd, perhaps Faustulus, in profile wearing a short chiton and a pelt, holding a staff in one hand, a rearing goat before him with his forelegs on the trunk of a tree arching above; mounted as a ring in a modern gold setting
7/16 in. (1.1 cm.) long; ring size 5
with Ariadne Galleries, New York, 1980s.
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For the type see no. 653 in Maaskant-Kleibrink, Catalogue of the Engraved Gems in the Royal Coin Cabinet, The Hague.
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