Finger Ring with Engraved Gemstone

A work made of stone and gold (modern setting).
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  • A work made of stone and gold (modern setting).

Date:

1st century AD

Artist:

Roman

About this artwork

Engraved or carved gems were often incorporated into signet rings, which could be pressed into hot wax as a seal. Here a theater mask, perhaps showing Silenos, has been carved into the light gray transparent stone. Actors in Greek comedies wore similar grimacing masks with exaggerated features.

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Ancient and Byzantine Art

Artist

Ancient Roman

Title

Finger Ring with Engraved Gemstone

Origin

Roman Empire

Date

1 AD–100 AD

Medium

Stone and gold (modern setting)

Dimensions

1.5 × 2 × 2.1 cm (9/16 × 3/4 × 13/16 in.)

Credit Line

Bequest of Janis H. Palmer

Reference Number

1986.908

Extended information about this artwork

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