11 December 2003
THE PROPERTY OF A LADY
A GRAECO-PERSIAN GOLD AND CARNELIAN FINGER RING
Circa 5th Century B.C.
The plain hoop flat on the interior, round on the exterior, with disk terminals, joined to a carnelian scaraboid by a plain wire that passes through the stone's perforation and the corresponding perforations of the terminals and coils around the hoop, the scaraboid engraved with a winged lion-griffin with the hind legs and tail of a bird
1 in. (2.5 cm) wide; ring size 6½
Pascal Berquat, Marseilles
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For related seals see nos. 838-841 in Boardman, Greek Gems and Finger Rings.
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