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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