8 December 2005
A ROMAN GOLD FINGER RING
CIRCA 3RD CENTURY A.D.
The solid cast hoop rectangular in section, expanding to the broad shoulders, each with an animal in relief, perhaps a frog, between volutes, the square bezel with a stepped pyramid, divided vertically by deep grooves, a small solid square at its peak in imitation of a gem
1 1/16 in. (2.7 cm.) wide; ring size 7¾
Eastern European Private Collection, acquired in the 1980s.
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For a similar example see no. 411, p. 119 in Chadour, Rings, the Alice and Louis Koch Collection, with references to additional examples from the 3rd century treasure of Eauze and one from the British Museum.
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