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