9 December 2008,
Price realised USD 7,500
USD 5,000 - USD 7,000
A ROMAN RED JASPER RINGSTONE
CIRCA 1ST CENTURY B.C.-1ST CENTURY A.D.
The flat oval stone engraved with an eagle in profile to the right, its head turned back, standing upon a snake coiled around a tree; mounted as a ring in a modern gold setting
11/16 in. (1.8 cm.) long; ring size 12
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The setting was made by the jeweler Helen Woodhull and is dated on the interior of the hoop, "1981," and is numbered, "302."
Ringstone acquired by the current owner in the 1970s.
PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION
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