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Lot 0027C
Roman, Imperial Period, Julio Claudian, ca. 1st century CE. A lovely ovoid intaglio depicting the left-facing head of a woman, hand-carved from crimson-hued jasper. Her visage is composed of a singular sensitive eye, a slender nose, pouty lips above a full chin, and nicely-contoured cheek bones, all beneath a wavy coiffure covered with a veil which drapes across her neckline. The intaglio is secured within the folded triangular teeth of an ovoid bezel atop a modern 18K gold ring which boasts a thick, curved band and wide, sturdy shoulders. A fabulous example of wearable ancient artistry! Amethyst fragment for photography purposes only. Size (ring): 0.8" W x 0.9" H (2 cm x 2.3 cm); size (intaglio): 0.425" L x 0.625" W (1.1 cm x 1.6 cm); quality of gold: 18K; total weight: 9.6 grams; US ring size 8.75.

Provenance: private East Coast, USA collection; ex-Frances Artuner collection, Belgium, acquired in the 1960s

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Wearable as shown. Intaglio is ancient and gold ring is modern. Intaglio has surface wear and minor abrasions commensurate with age, and minor fading to some details, otherwise intact and excellent. Gold ring has minor abrasions but excellent otherwise. Ring band has "K18" stamped on inside.

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18K Gold Ring w/ Roman Jasper Intaglio of Woman

Estimate $2,500 - $3,500Oct 11, 2018