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Roman 20K+ Gold Ring w/ Garnet Intaglio of Mercury

Lot 0080B Details

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Roman, Imperial Period, ca. 2nd to 3rd century CE. An impressive Roman ring comprised of 20K+ gold (90% gold) and a large oval garnet intaglio (carved cabochon) depicting Mercury (Greek Hermes), messenger of the gods, standing in profile and holding various attributes, a purse full of money in one hand, and his herald's staff or caduceus in the other. The attention to detail is most impressive. Notice the drapery folds of his traveler's cloak (chlamys) falling from his shoulder and cascading over his forearm and his delicate profile. A truly exceptional work of wearable art from ancient Rome! Size: intaglio measures .375" W x .625" H (1 cm x 1.6 cm); opening measures .7" W x .875" H (1.8 cm x 2.2 cm); US ring size 3.75. Weight: 12.7 grams. Gold quality: 90% gold, equivalent to 20K+.

Provenance: private Connecticut, USA collection; ex-Christie's, New York "Ancient Jewelry" auction (December 7, 2011, lot 395); ex-private UK collection, acquired prior to 1960

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Condition
Some nicks to the garnet intaglio but imagery is still legible. Gold shank is excellent save expected scuffs/scratches commensurate with age. Gold has developed a wonderful warm patina.
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Roman 20K+ Gold Ring w/ Garnet Intaglio of Mercury

Estimate $2,000 - $3,000
Sep 26, 2019
Starting Price $1,700
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0080B: Roman 20K+ Gold Ring w/ Garnet Intaglio of Mercury

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Est. $2,000 - $3,000Starting Price $1,700
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Lot 0080B Details

Description
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Roman, Imperial Period, ca. 2nd to 3rd century CE. An impressive Roman ring comprised of 20K+ gold (90% gold) and a large oval garnet intaglio (carved cabochon) depicting Mercury (Greek Hermes), messenger of the gods, standing in profile and holding various attributes, a purse full of money in one hand, and his herald's staff or caduceus in the other. The attention to detail is most impressive. Notice the drapery folds of his traveler's cloak (chlamys) falling from his shoulder and cascading over his forearm and his delicate profile. A truly exceptional work of wearable art from ancient Rome! Size: intaglio measures .375" W x .625" H (1 cm x 1.6 cm); opening measures .7" W x .875" H (1.8 cm x 2.2 cm); US ring size 3.75. Weight: 12.7 grams. Gold quality: 90% gold, equivalent to 20K+.

Provenance: private Connecticut, USA collection; ex-Christie's, New York "Ancient Jewelry" auction (December 7, 2011, lot 395); ex-private UK collection, acquired prior to 1960

All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back.

A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids.

We ship worldwide to most countries and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience.

#149799
Condition
...
Some nicks to the garnet intaglio but imagery is still legible. Gold shank is excellent save expected scuffs/scratches commensurate with age. Gold has developed a wonderful warm patina.

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