London, South Kensington
25 April 2001
A SASSANIAN HOLLOW GOLD AND GARNET INTAGLIO RING
CIRCA 4TH CENTURY A.D.
The tapering hoop broadening to the oval bezel set with an intaglio decorated with two ibexes, ¾ in. (2 cm.) across inner hoop; a Roman gold ring with a hardstone intaglio showing a gryllus in the form of a bird with head of a man on its chest, ½ in. (1.8 cm.) across inner hoop; a large gold ring, the hoop tapering to gold wire spirally wrapped around the opposite terminal, the tear-shaped bezel set with a garnet cabochon inlay bordered by two gold spheres, 7/8 in. (2.3 cm.) across inner hoop; a gold ring with elliptical bezel engraved with a bird and a bowl, ¾ in. (1.8 cm.) across inner hoop; a late Hellenistic gold and garnet intaglio ring, the hoop broadening to an oval bezel set with a cabochon garnet engraved with a profile head of Apollo, 7/8 in. (2.3 cm.) across bezel; a gold ring with engraved profile head of a Ptolemaic queen in the guise of Isis wearing a vulture headdress and sun-disc between cow horns; and a later gold ribbon hooped ring with profile head in the guise of Alexander the Great, both 5/8 in. (1.7 cm.) across inner hoops (7)
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