9 December 2008,
Price realised USD 6,875
USD 5,000 - USD 7,000
A ROMAN GOLD AND CARNELIAN FINGER RING
CIRCA 1ST CENTURY A.D.
The plain hoop oval in section, expanding slightly at the shoulders to the oval bezel, set with a flat carnelian engraved with a winged Cupid riding a gryllos, a whip in his hand, the gryllos a composite bird, its body fronted by a bearded Silenus mask surmounted by a horse's neck and head, a wreath in its mouth, a ram's head at the back of the mask with a sheaf of wheat in its mouth, all supported on cock's legs, a winged caduceus on the groundline to the left
15/16 in. (2.4 cm.) wide; ring size 4
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Eastern European Private Collection, 1960s.
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