Imperial Roman Gold Ring with a Pink Marble Intaglio
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With D-shaped wide shouldered shankand flared shoulders, the elliptical bezel set with an unusual pink agate intaglio of enthroned Apollo  Kitharadotos (as a Lyre-Player)in right profile, his drapery about his waist , his Kithera (Lyre) cradled in his right arm, Laurel branches (sacred to the deity) in his outstretched left hand. Groundline.

A Greek inscription "HELIO...." about the perimeter, probably added a bit later.

Apollo was the god of Light, the Sun, Reason, Mathematics, Music and Poetry

 

1st - 2nd Century AD

 

Ring size: 5.5

 

Acquired from a European collector in June, 2005.

 

#4062

 

Published:

Antiquarium, Ltd. & Sue Ollemans; Ancient Rings from Near to Far East (New York, 2018) no.8

 

 

 

Comparandum:

The British Museum, London  mus. no. 1881,0824.40

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