11 December 2003
THE PROPERTY OF A EUROPEAN COLLECTION
A ROMAN GOLD AND BANDED AGATE FINGER RING
Circa 1st-2nd Century A.D.
The hollow hoop, flat on the interior, rounded on the exterior, expanding slightly towards the shoulders, the bezel set with a convex oval stone engraved with the goddess Fortuna, clad in a belted tunic below a mantle, holding a cornucopia in her left hand, a ship's rudder in her right, standing on a short groundline, a crescent in the field
1 in. (2.5 cm.) wide; ring size 7
Acquired by the current owner's family in the 1980s.
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