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LOT 0182

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

Current bid: £160 (‡+bp*)
(11 Bids, Reserve met)

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(11 Bids, Reserve met)   |   Current bid: £160
ROMAN GOLD RING WITH GREEN CABOCHON
3RD-6TH CENTURY A.D.
7/8 in. (4.69 grams, 22.63 mm overall, 16.86 mm internal diameter (approximate size British M 1/2, USA 6 1/4, Europe 13.09, Japan 12)).

The hoop recessed and decorated with a simple plait formed with three separate rods; granulated pyramids beneath the square bezel framed with a pelletted band, raised setting with a green glass cabochon. [No Reserve]

PROVENANCE:
Private collection USA.
From the Alexander Gallery, New York, USA, in the early 2000s.

This lot has been checked against the Interpol Database of stolen works of art and is accompanied by search certificate no.12106-214327.

LITERATURE:
Cf. Chadour, A.B., Rings. The Alice and Louis Koch Collection, volume I, Leeds, 1994, item 276, for type.

FOOTNOTES:
Previously these rings were generally dated later, however, according to Chadour, the shape is more typical of the 2nd-3rd century A.D. The gem however can also be of later date, because the use of the emerald was more typical of the late empire. The decoration of the shoulders with the plait reminisces Celto-Roman patterns.

CONDITION