Intaglio rings were a popular style of jewellery in Ancient Greece and across the Roman Empire. The nature of their individual production meant that designs and details show a wide variety, though there are common themes, such as certain gods, which were especially popular, though more earthly themes such as animals and mortal figures also appear regularly. Doves were favourite animals in Greek and Roman culture, not only because their flight would have been observed and interpreted for positive omens, but also because of their association with the Roman goddess of love Aphrodite. Doves were indeed animals sacred to the goddess, and often appear on pieces of jewellery, paintings and mosaics.
Greek Bronze Signet Ring with Dove
A Greek Hellenistic cast bronze signet ring, composed of a round hoop, and a large round bezel. The bezel is engraved with the crude depiction of a bird, possibly a dove, with clearly visible pointed beak, legs and plumed tail. Such ring would have been used to authenticate or sign documents. UK ring size G.
Condition: Fine, suitable for modern wear with care.