Rare Eastern Imperial Roman solid gold ring
set with an unusual pink agate intaglio of enthroned Apollo Kitharadotos (as a Lyre-Player) in right profile. Laurel branches (sacred to the deity) in his outstretched left hand. Groundline.A Greek inscription "HELIO...." about the perimeter, probably added a bit later.
1st - 2nd Century AD
U.S. ring size: 5.5
Acquired from a European collector in June, 2005.
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