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LOT 0074

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Greek Gold and Electrum Ring with Crayfish Gemstone

1st century BC

An electrum finger ring with flanges to the rim, tiered gold trumpet bezel, central inset banded agate gemstone with intaglio crayfish motif. 16.16 grams, 34mm overall, 24.34 x 20.95mm internal diameter (approximate size British W 1/2, USA 11 1/4, Europe 25.66, Japan 25) (1 1/3"). Very fine condition.

From an important private London collection, acquired prior 1970s.
See British Museum, accession no.1986.0401.216, for a similar crustacean intaglio gemstone; see also Boston Museum of Fine Arts, accession no.1972.961 for another; a ring given as being of slightly later, early Roman date, with an intaglio showing a very similar crayfish design was previously held in the Petite Museum of Hadji Baba, Old City, Jerusalem (sold by Classical Numismatic Group, Auction 103, lot 1275).
Marine creatures are often seen in Greek art; examples among many include dolphins, eels, tunny fish, jellyfish, starfish and, as for this piece, crustaceans.