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Roman Silver and Jasper Ring - 6.6 g

Roman, Imperial Period, ca. 3rd century CE. A lovely silver ring with a thin band, gradually-widening shoulders, and a flat face with an ovoid bezel. A deep-red jasper intaglio is set within the bezel and bears an incised depiction of a standing Venus (Greek Aphrodite), her upper body nude and lower body covered with the lower portion of a chiton. She holds a small apple in her outstretched left arm, symbolic of her exceeding beauty. A beautiful and wearable example of ancient jewelry! Amethyst fragments for photography purposes only. Size (ring): 0.75" W x 0.725" H (1.9 cm x 1.8 cm); size (intaglio): 0.375" L x 0.25" W (1 cm x 0.6 cm); total weight: 6.6 grams; US ring size 2.

Condition: Wearable as shown. Surface wear and minor abrasions commensurate with age, slight bending to ring band, some tarnishing to silver elements, and some light fading to incised intaglio details, otherwise intact and excellent.

Provenance: private San Francisco, California, USA collection

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