6 December 2007
THE PROPERTY OF A LADY
AN ITALIC BANDED AGATE RING STONE
CIRCA 2ND-EARLY 1ST CENTURY B.C.
The flat oval stone engraved with a sculptor seated on a stool before a bearded herm, the sculptor depicted nude, with a beard and a short cap of striated hair, extending both hands toward his work, on a short groundline; mounted as a ring in a modern gold setting
7/16 in. (1.1 cm.) long; ring size 7½
English Private Collection, 1990s.
Anonymous Sale; Christie's, New York, 13 December 2002, lot 576.
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For the subject, compare the sardonyx ring stone from Aquileia, no. 131 in Zeierlein-Diehl, Die Antiken Gemmen des Kunsthistorischen Museums in Wien, Band I.
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