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Roman Gold & Carnelian Intaglio Ring - Nike - 1.8 g

Late Roman, Imperial Period, ca. 3rd to 4th century CE. A lovely gold ring comprised of 90% gold (equivalent to 20K+) with an oval carnelian intaglio depicting winged Victoria (Greek counterpart being Nike), the goddess who personified Victory, holding a victory wreath and palm frond. In ancient Rome the palm frond as well as the tree itself symbolized Victory. This meaning may be traced to ancient Greece where a palm branch was presented to the victors of athletic events. Furthermore, given that victory implies the end of a competition, rivalry, or conflict, the palm came to be a symbol of peace. Gold quality: 90% gold or equivalent to 20K+. Size: intaglio measures .375" L x .25" W (1 cm x 0.6 cm); US ring size 5; Total weight: 1.8 grams.

Condition: Expected age wear but intaglio imagery is still vivid. Slight mineral deposits on intaglio. Gold has attained a nice warm patina.

Provenance: private East Coast, USA collection

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