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LOT 0112

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GBP (£) 2,000 - 3,000
EUR (€) 2,330 - 3,500
USD ($) 2,530 - 3,790

Current bid: £1,100 (‡+bp*)
(13 Bids, Reserve met)

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(13 Bids, Reserve met)   |   Current bid: £1,100
LATE ROMAN GOLD RING WITH FACING BIRDS
CIRCA 5TH-7TH CENTURY A.D.
1 in. (14.42 grams, 24.86 mm overall, 17.53 mm internal diameter (approximate size British P 1/2, USA 7 3/4, Europe 16.86, Japan 16)).

With a heavy round-section hoop thickened at the base, lentoid bezel with ropework border and two opposing cockerels. [No Reserve]

PROVENANCE:
Believed to have been acquired at Christie's.
Property of a North American gallery.

This lot has been checked against the Interpol Database of stolen works of art and is accompanied by search certificate no.12109-214332.

LITERATURE:
See Roman Animals, Classical Art Research Centre, University of Oxford, green jasper gem, no.94, for similar motif; and a mosaic in the Naples National Archaeological Museum; see also Feider, M.P., Chickens in the Archaeological Material Culture of Roman Britain, France and Belgium, Bournemouth, 2017, fig.4.43,7.9, for images of cockerels on Roman rings and intaglios.

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