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LOT 0608

GBP (£) 80 - 100
EUR (€) 94 - 117
USD ($) 106 - 133

Sold for (Inc. bp): £44

Greek Ring with Leaping Antelope

4th century BC

A lentoid-section hoop supporting an elliptical bezel with intaglio motif of a leaping stag, under its legs the (possible) Greek inscription ἐλλός (ellós, 'young deer'), possibly intended to have a double meaning. 5.73 grams, 23.09mm overall, 19.92mm internal diameter (approximate size British Q 1/2, USA 8 1/4, Europe 18.12, Japan 17) (1"). Fine condition. A large wearable size. [No Reserve]

Property of a European collector; previously in a Dutch collection.

See Austrian Academy of Sciences, Romances of Antiquity, Wien, 2006; Boardman, J. and Vollenweider, M.L., Catalogue of the Engraved Gems and Finger Rings I, Greek and Etruscans, Oxford, 1978.

In Greek mythology, the deer is particularly associated with Artemis in her role as virginal huntress. Actaeon, after witnessing the nude figure of Artemis bathing in a pool, was transformed by Artemis into a stag that his own hounds tore to pieces.