13 December 2002
A ROMAN CARNELIAN RING STONE
Circa 1st Century A.D.
The flat oval stone with a four-stringed lyre, the sound-box in the form of a reclining bovine or dog, the arms each in the form of a dolphin; mounted as a pendant in an ancient-style gold setting
1¼ in. (2.9 cm) long
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For a similar example, once in the possession of Haydn and now in the Music Department of the University Library, Cambridge, see fig. 1, p. 486 in Henig, Classical Gems.
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