6 December 2007
THE PROPERTY OF A EUROPEAN GENTLEMAN
SIX ROMAN NICOLO RING STONES
CIRCA 1ST CENTURY A.D.
One engraved with a sculptor seated on rocks, wearing a tunic, hammering on a tree (?), a tree arching overhead; one engraved with Bonus Eventus standing in profile to the right, a mantle over his shoulders, holding two sheaves of wheat and a cluster of grapes; one engraved with an intoxicated Hercules, the burly hero stumbling forward, attempting to urinate, his lion skin and club over his shoulders; one engraved with a soldier wearing a cuirass, tunic and mantle, frontal facing, holding a trophy over his shoulder and a spear in his hand; one engraved with two figures, a draped bearded man, perhaps a doctor, seated on stool, one hand in his lap holding an implement, reaching up with the other hand, touching the face of a draped youth leaning forward, an overturned vessel at his feet; and one engraved with Diomedes stepping over an altar, holding the Palladion in one hand, a sword in the other, a mantle draped over his arm
Largest: 9/16 in. (1.4 cm.) long (6)
European Private Collection, acquired in the late 19th-early 20th century.
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