6 December 2007
THE PROPERTY OF A EUROPEAN GENTLEMAN
AN ITALIC AMETHYST RING STONE
CIRCA 1ST CENTURY B.C.
The convex oval stone engraved with Omphale, depicted nude but for Herakles' lion skin draped over her shoulders, enveloping her arms, the paws and tail splaying to either side of her body, the hero's club resting on her shoulder
13/16 in. (2 cm.) long
European Private Collection, acquired in the late 19th-early 20th century.
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