11 December 2003
A ROMAN CARNELIAN RING STONE
Circa 1st Century A.D.
The convex oval stone engraved with a Circus scene, with four teams racing around the spina, one quadriga above, three below, the spina with metae, an obelisk and other structures; mounted as a ring in a modern gold setting
½ in. (1.3 cm.) long; ring size 8¾
Sah and Moysheh Oved, Cameo Corner, UK, and by descent to their daughter.
Anonymous sale; Bonham's, London, 14 May 2003, lot 156.
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For the type compare the carnelian ring stone in the Getty Museum, no. 291 in Spier, Ancient Gems and Finger Rings.
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