AN EARLY ROMAN CARNELIAN RINGSTONE OF MEDUSA

The Gorgon shows her tongue, her hair made of serpents. Within a border. An unusual circular format, this rare composition appears to have been appropriated from Greek silver hemidrachms of Parium, Mysia (northeastern Turkey) dating to the 4th Century BC.

Augustan or Julio Claudian Late 1st Century BC– early 1st Century AD

Height: 10.73 mm. (0 7/16 in.)

Width: 10.73 mm (0 7/16 in.)

#2709

Ex: American private collection of Mr. C. by 1999, acquired on the European market.

Published: Antiquarium; Ancient Treasures XX. (London, 2022) p.24

Comparanda: Berry, Burton Y. ; Ancient Gems from the Collection of Burton Y. Berry (Bloomington, 1968) p.109, no.200 American Numismatic Society, New York For the numismatic prototype, compare Greek silver hemidrachms of Parium, notably 1956.140.108; 1956.140.117; & 1956.140.118