Benefactor robinjojo Posted August 10, 2022 · Benefactor Benefactor Share Posted August 10, 2022 On an on and off basis, mostly off, I've been looking for a Roman antiquity. Now, there are quite a few ways to go, a figurine, a marble head, ceramic, glass, mosaic, or jewelry, to name a few. I really was looking for some small but interesting, something that has personality. Roman intaglio silver rings are pretty common. Some are very elegantly done, with very skillful and artistic carvings of deities, animals, portraits and figures. Those are all fine, but I was looking for something out of the ordinary and I think that I found it with this ring. The preservation is good and the stone, which I think is jasper, has a very imaginative figure, a conglomeration of human, animal and mythological elements. It doesn't have any apparent chips, fractures, nor do I detect any repairs, using my UV light. This ring, which turned out to be rather pricey, came out of Roma's E-Sale 100, lot 1737. This ring came from Altstetten Collection, according to the description. However, my online search for this collection yielded zilch. Is anyone familiar with this collection? Here's the lot description from E-Sale 100: "Roman Silver and Hardstone Ring. Circa 3rd - 4th Century AD. Octagonally faceted gnostic intaglio, set in silver shank with broad shoulders, engraved with gryllus head, composed of human head with pointed chin, with birds' legs, wearing tall cap in the form of a maned-horse's head holding frond in its mouth. 11.35g, 11mm (intaglio). Condition as seen. From the Altstetten Collection, kept in the vault of Crédit Suisse Geneva (documentation available upon request) since 26 November 1969." The ring itself measures 25mm x 15mm. So, I think this will be my only Roman antiquity. I need to be careful not to have a monstrous accumulation in the end resembling the warehouse scene at the end of Citizen Kane! 15 1 1 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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