8 December 2005
A ROMAN RED JASPER RING STONE
CIRCA 2ND CENTURY A.D.
The flat oval stone engraved with Silvanus, the woodland god standing on a short groundline, a large branch in his lowered right hand, a falx, or reapers knife, in his outstretched left, wearing a short pleated tunic exposing his right shoulder; mounted as a ring in a modern gold setting
9/16 in. (1.4 cm.) long; ring size 9¼
London Art Market, early 1990s.
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For the type see no. 343 in Maaskant-Kleibring, Catalogue of the Engraved Gems in the Royal Coin Cabinet, The Hague.
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