13 December 2002
AN ITALIC BANDED AGATE RING STONE
Circa Late 2nd-Early 1st Century B.C.
The flat oval stone engraved with a sculptor seated on a stool before a bearded herm, the sculptor depicted nude, with a beard and a short cap of striated hair, extending both hands towards his work, on a short groundline; mounted as a ring in a modern gold setting
7/16 in. (1.1 cm) long; ring size 7½
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For the subject compare the sardonyx ringstone from Aquileia, no. 131 in Zeierlein-Diehl, Die Antiken Gemmen des Kunsthistorischen Museums in Wien, Band I.
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