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LOT 326

Estimate
GBP (£) 22,000 - 28,000
EUR (€) 26,130 - 33,250
USD ($) 27,920 - 35,530

GREEK HELLENISTIC DOUBLE BEZEL GOLD, GARNET AND SAPPHIRE THUMB RING
(Gold, garnet and sapphire, 49.42 grams, 41 mm overall.).

2nd-1st century BC. A large and most impressive ring; the main bezel of hexagonal, stepped form with a large elliptical cabochon garnet set into the upper face; the elongated D-shaped balustred hoop with two pinned hinge points to facilitate wearing; the lower bezel set with a round cabochon sapphire; supplied with custom-made stand.

PROVENANCE:
Property of a Gentleman.

LITERATURE:
See Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Accession No 2005.278 for a very similar (if of plainer style) ring and see also Higgins, R.A. Greek and Roman Jewellery plate 53(E) for a closely similar ring lacking the hinges.

FOOTNOTES:
These spectacular double-bezel rings were most probably intended to be worn on the thumb to display the sheer ostentation of the wealthy Hellenistic lifestyle.

CONDITION