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LOT 0085

Estimate
GBP (£) 600 - 800
EUR (€) 700 - 930
USD ($) 740 - 980

Sold for (Inc. bp): £1,430

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ROMAN GOLD RING WITH ANT INTAGLIO
2ND CENTURY A.D.
3/4 in. (6.18 grams, 19.36 mm overall, 15.28 mm internal diameter (approximate size British E 1/2, USA 2 1/2, Europe 3, Japan 3)).

A gold ring composed of a hoop with convex outer face and expanding shoulders, bezel set with a polished and banded conical onyx
engraved with an ant.

PROVENANCE:
UK private collection before 2000.
UK art market.
Property of a London gentleman.

LITERATURE:
Cf. The V&A Museum, accession number 487-1871, for a very similar intaglio displaying an ant.

FOOTNOTES:
The ant was an attribute of the Roman goddess Ceres.

CONDITION