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LOT 0091

Estimate
GBP (£) 500 - 700
EUR (€) 600 - 840
USD ($) 680 - 950

Opening Bid
£450 (EUR 538; USD 613) (+bp*)

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Roman Gold Ring with Clasped Hands Gemstone

1st century AD

A gold finger ring with plain hoop, ellipsoid bezel with beaded wire collar, cell with inset carnelian cloison bearing intaglio motif of two hands clasped within a sunburst. 3.34 grams, 21.49mm overall, 18.55mm internal diameter (approximate size British Q 1/2, USA 8 1/2, Europe 18.12, Japan 17 1/2) (7/8"). Very fine condition. A large wearable size.

Provenance
German collection before 2000.
Collection of Mr D.H., formed in UK, from the EU art market.
Property of a Surrey gentleman.

Literature
Cf. Ruseva-Slokoska, L., Roman Jewellery, Sofia, 1991, item 234, for type.

Footnotes
The clasped-hands motif (mane in fede) signifies the completion of an agreement, most often a contract of marriage.