The ancient Romans considered jewellery to be an essential accessory, for it provided a public display of their wealth. Roman jewellery at first followed trends set by the Etruscans, using gold and glass beads, but as the power and spread of the Roman Empire increased, so too did jewellery designs became increasingly elaborate. Different cultural styles from Greece, Egypt, North Africa, and the Orient were all incorporated to reflect Rome’s prosperity as a dominant, conquering city. The custom of wearing rings was popular amongst the Romans, and was probably introduced by the Sabines, who are described in early legends as wearing gold rings with precious stones.
Ancient Roman Bronze Signet Ring with Hunting Scene
A fine Ancient Roman bronze signet ring featuring a round section hoop and slightly expanding shoulders. The circular bezel is enriched by a finely carved hunting scene, centred by a stylised horse in mid gallop and its rider. A dog, possibly the man’s hound, runs with its tails raised below them, whilst their prey, a small goose, is carved in the field above the horse’s head. A circular groove frames and completes the composition.
Closest UK ring size: R 1/2.
Condition: Fine condition.