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. The unusual shape as seen on the ring’s bezel, is known in latin as planta pedis. Foot-shaped artefacts, such as votive offerings or ex-voto, and signacula, have been largely recovered across the Roman Empire. Such shape which might appears unusual to the modern eye, would have been stamped on loaves of bread and on terracotta vessels.
Roman Planta Pedis Ring
An Ancient Roman cast bronze ring, composed of an oval loop, with slightly expanding shoulders and a foot-shaped bezel. The Romans enjoyed wearing rings not only on all the fingers but also on the knuckles, hence the small size of such ring.
Condition: Fine, suitable for modern wear with care.