9 December 2004
PROPERTY FROM THE LEO MILDENBERG COLLECTION OF ANCIENT ANIMALS
A ROMAN GARNET RING STONE
CIRCA 2ND-3RD CENTURY A.D.
The oval stone convex on the obverse and reverse, engraved with Orpheus enchanting the animals, the son of Apollo and the muse Calliope seated at the center playing his lyre, several animals arranged around him, including a lion, a horse, a bird, two goats and others
9/16 in. (1.4 cm.) long
Sir Harold MacMichael; Christie's, London, 20 May 1981, lot 307.
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A.P. Kozloff, D.G. Mitten and M. Sguaitamatti, More Animals in Ancient Art from the Leo Mildenberg Collection, Part II, Mainz am Rhein, 1986, no. 146.
For the subject compare the sardonyx ring stone in Berlin, no. 152 in Garezou, "Orpheus," in LIMC.
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