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Finger Ring with Engraved Gemstone

A work made of stone and gold (modern setting).
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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

Date:

1st century

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.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Arts of the Ancient Mediterranean and Byzantium

Culture

Ancient Roman

Title

Finger Ring with Engraved Gemstone

Origin

Roman Empire

Date

1 CE–100 CE

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

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