Imperial Roman Gold Ring with a Pink Marble Intaglio

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.





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





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

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