Christie's Special Exhibition Gallery
7 December 2011
A ROMAN GOLD AND GARNET FINGER RING
CIRCA 1ST CENTURY B.C.
The plain hoop rounded on the exterior, flat on the interior, expanding to broad shoulders, the stepped oval bezel set with a convex stone engraved with a Cupid in flight, crowning an ithyphallic bearded herm, a palm over the herm's shoulder
1 1/8 in. (2.9 cm.) wide; ring size 8
Private Collection, London, mid 1970s.
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