13 June 2000
A ROMAN CARNELIAN RING STONE
circa late 1st century b.c-early 1st century a.d.
The flat oval stone engraved with a lion attacking a bull, the bull in profile to the right, its head thrown back in agony as the lion pounces upon his right flank, inscribed above with the signature of the artist, ULOU of Aulos, a groundline below, set in a modern gold ring
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Aulos was a prolific and talented gem engraver active during the Augustan Period. For other stones signed by him, see nos. 646-647, and 650-653 in Richter, Engraved Gems of the Romans.
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