Christie's Special Exhibition Gallery
7 December 2011
AN EGYPTIAN GOLD AND GARNET FINGER RING
PTOLEMAIC PERIOD, CIRCA 3RD CENTURY B.C.
The plain gold hoop flat on the interior, rounded on the exterior, expanding to the shoulders, the stepped oval bezel set with a flat stone engraved with the head of a woman, likely a Ptolemaic queen, in profile to the left, her himation pulled up over her head as a veil, a row of locks framing her face, with a strong jawline and a prominent nose
¾ in. (1.9 cm.) high; ring size 6½
Art Market, New York or London, late 1960s-early 1970s.
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The queen depicted on this fine gem may be Bernike II, as it closely parallels her portrait on a gold octodrachm, pl. 93, no. 11 in Plantzos, Hellenistic Engraved Gems.
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