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12th C. Islamic Gold Ring w/ Glass Cabochon, 15.6 g

Ancient Near East, Islamic, ca. 12th to 14th century CE. A gorgeous ring, cast via the lost wax (cire perdue) process, comprised of 90% gold (equivalent to 21K+ gold). The thick band has a small casting nub on the bottom as well as incised curvilinear motifs presented on the gently-expanding shoulders as well as beneath the main body. The raised, circular bezel is ringed with small gold spheres and boasts a large, turquoise-hued glass cabochon in the center. A stunning work of wearable ancient art! Size (ring): 0.75" W x 1" H (1.9 cm x 2.5 cm); size (cabochon): 0.6" L x 0.5" W (1.5 cm x 1.3 cm); quality of gold: 90% (equivalent to 21K+); total weight: 15.6 grams; US ring size 3.25.

Condition: Wearable as shown. Minor abrasions and pitting to glass cabochon, very slight bending to band, and light abrasions to band, otherwise intact and very good. Light earthen deposits within some recessed areas.

Provenance: private East Coast, USA collection

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