The ancient Romans enjoyed wearing jewellery, especially rings, as a way to demonstrate their wealth and social status in the Roman society. Rings could have been modelled in gold, silver or bronze, and enriched by precious and semi-precious stones, or even glass. Some rings would have included an incised bezel, which might have been used to authenticate or sign documents. Intaglios included decorative motives driven from mythology, literature or from the personal life of the owner.
Roman Bronze Ring with Zoomorphic Intaglio
An Ancient Roman cast bronze signet ring, composed of a round hoop, and a rectangular-shaped bezel. The bezel is engraved with the crude depiction of an animal, portrayed running towards the left. The Romans enjoyed wearing rings not only on all the fingers but also on the knuckles, hence the small size of such ring. A dark green patina covers the majority of the ring. Closest UK ring size A.
Condition: Fine, suitable for modern wear with care.