Roman Gold Ring with Minerva Intaglio
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Lot 0315 Details
3rd century AD. A large broad flat-section gold hoop with applied filigree borders, bands of scroll and granule detailing; cell with granule borders, inset elliptical amethyst cloison, intaglio motif of Minerva standing robed with helmet and shield. Cf. Ruseva-Slokoska, L. Roman Jewellery, Sofia, 1991, item 260. Supplied with a positive X-Ray Fluorescence analysis certificate. 12 grams, 27mm overall, 22.66mm internal diameter (approximate size British Z+1 1/2, USA 13 1/4, Europe 31.19, Japan 30) (1"). Private collection, North London; acquired in the early 1980s; formerly in the collection of a German diplomat.
Very fine condition.