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LOT 0063

Estimate
GBP (£) 3,000 - 4,000
EUR (€) 3,500 - 4,670
USD ($) 3,750 - 5,000

Sold for (Inc. bp): £3,900

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GREEK GOLD RING WITH ARTEMIS OF EPHESUS
4TH-3RD CENTURY B.C.

A gold child's ring with Artemis of Ephesus in high-relief within filigree border to bezel. 7/8 in. (6.76 grams, 22.30 mm overall, 19.07 mm internal diameter). Fine condition.

PROVENANCE:
Acquired 1970-1999.
London collection of the late Mr S.M., thence by descent.
This lot has been checked against the Interpol Database of stolen works of art and is accompanied by AIAD certificate no.11257-189402.

LITERATURE:
Cf. Chadour, A.B., Rings. The Alice and Louis Koch Collection, volume I, Leeds, 1994, item 74, for type; for the iconography see Seiterle, G., 'Artemis, Die Grosse Göttin Von Ephesos. Eine Neue Deutung Der Vielbrüstigkeit Eröffnet Einen Zugang Zum Bisher Unbekannten Kult Der Göttin' in Antike Welt, 1979.

FOOTNOTES:
The ring image seems to belong to an older iconography of the goddess, well before the typical iconography with the teats or bull testicles of the famous Hadrianic statue.