Late Roman Silver Ring with Sol Invictus and Luna

$680.54

A fine late Roman silver ring featuring a round sectioned hoop with slightly angular shoulders and snake head finials. The animals are crudely modelled and hold a decorated circular bezel within their mouths. This presents a raised and dented border, which frames two front-facing busts. The central image is highly stylised, with facial features barely distinguishable. However, the busts’ pronounced headpieces allow to interpret the figures as the Roman deities Sol, seen on the left wearing a radiated crown, and Luna, on the right with a crescent above her head.

Closest UK ring size: L.

Date: Circa 5th - 6th century AD
Provenance: From the late Alison Barker collection, a retired London barrister; from her collection formed early 1960s-1990s.
Condition: Fine condition.

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In Ancient Roman mythology and culture Sol Invictus, which literally means ‘unconquered sun’, was the official sun god of the later Roman Empire and a patron of soldiers. It is debated whether the cult of Sol Invictus was a continuation of the old Roman god Sol, with Invictus used as an epithet, or was a new cult adopted from the 3rd century AD. Various Emperors, including Aurelian and Constantine, used the image of Sol Invictus on their coinage and other state memorabilia and was recognised as a companion to the Emperor. The goddess Luna was the divine embodiment of the Moon, and was associated with Diana, Juno and the Greek goddess Selene.

To find out more about Roman gods and goddesses, please visit our relevant blog posts: Roman Gods in Mythology and Roman Goddesses in Mythology.

Weight 5.97 g
Dimensions W 2.4 cm
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