Christie's Special Exhibition Gallery
7 December 2011
FOUR ROMAN RINGSTONES
CIRCA 1ST-3RD CENTURY A.D.
Three of carnelian, one engraved with enthroned Serapis on an oared boat, an eagle at his feet, Fortuna standing behind him, a draped goddess, likely Isis, standing before him; one engraved with Nike driving a biga, holding the reins and a whip; one engraved with a standing paunchy Cupid, his wings splayed, his right arm bent, depicted nude, a mantle draped over his arms; and a jasper ringstone engraved with Mercury, depicted nude with a mantle over his left arm, holding a money bag in his lowered right hand, a caduceus tucked under his left arm
Largest: 9/16 in. (1.5 cm.) wide (4)
with Malter Galleries, Los Angeles, 1974-1979.
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For a green jasper ringstone with similar deities in a oared boat see no. 268 in Wagner and Boardman, Collection of Classical and Eastern Intaglios, Rings and Cameos.
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