6 December 2007
THE PROPERTY OF A EUROPEAN GENTLEMAN
THREE ROMAN RING STONES
CIRCA 2ND CENTURY A.D.
One of red jasper engraved with a draped portrait bust of a woman in profile to the left, her braided hair coiled on top of her head, the initials I and E on either side; one of carnelian engraved with a draped portrait bust of a woman in profile to the left, a thick plait wound around her head, the initials PA and ILA in Greek letters on either side; and one of carnelian engraved with a draped portrait bust of a woman in profile to the left, with a thick plait wound around her head, the hair rolled above her forehead
Largest: 5/8 in. (1.5 cm.) long (3)
European Private Collection, acquired in the late 19th-early 20th century.
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