London, South Kensington
25 April 2001
A ROMAN GOLD RING
3RD CENTURY A.D.
With angular shoulders and a raised disc, 5/8 in. (1.6 cm.) across inner hoop; a Roman gold ring with similar angular shoulders, the rectangular bezel set with a later turquoise glass inlay, ¾ in. (1.7 cm.) across inner hoop; another gold ring with later oval hardstone inlay, ½ in. (1.5 cm.) across inner hoop; a Roman gold marriage ring, the ribbon hoop with ribbed shoulder broadening to a bezel mounted with a roundel decorated in relief with two clasped hands surrounded by a beaded border; a Roman gold ring with large oval cornelian intaglio with a grazing horse with one foreleg bent up, probably 1st-3rd Century A.D., both ¾ in. (1.9 cm.) across inner hoops; a Roman banded agate truncated domed intaglio engraved with a bird with leafy twig in its beak, possibly 1st-2nd Century A.D., in a later gold ring hoop with fluted shoulders, 5/8 in. (1.5 cm.) across inner hoop; and a large circular gold ring with ribbon hoop, the rectangular bezel engraved "FIDEM", the outer hoop with "CONSTANTINO", early 4th Century A.D., 7/8 in. (2.1 cm.) across inner hoop (7)
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For last item cf. David Buckton (ed.), Byzantium, Treasures of Byzantine Art and Culture from British Collections, British Museum, 1994, p. 27, no. 3, a similar Fidem Constantino ring and discussion of the type with bibliography
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Provenance: lots 305-307 and 332-333 were purchased during the 1940s-1950s by the present owner's grandparents in Austrian auctions.
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