8 December 2005
A ROMAN CARNELIAN RING STONE
CIRCA 1ST CENTURY B.C.-1ST CENTURY A.D.
The flat oval stone engraved with a gryllos, composed of a mask of a bearded man conjoined to a mask of a bald and bearded Silenus, an elephant head projecting on one side, with a long trunk gripping a branch; mounted as a ring in a modern gold setting
½ in. (1.3 cm.) long; ring size 7½
Acquired in the 1980s.
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For a similar example in red jasper see no. 1095, p. 349 in Maaskant-Kleibrink, Catalogue of the Engraved Gems in the Royal Coin Cabinet, The Hague.
Offered for private sale, a work on paper that not only encapsulates the bond between two greats, but also seems to reference their workouts together
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