Roman Ring with Diana and Stag Intaglio

$2,460.50

A finely detailed Ancient Roman hollow gold finger ring featuring a round-section hoop and oval bezel. The bezel is set with a banded carnelian intaglio, finely carved with the depiction of the Roman goddess Diana, standing in contrapposto next to a stag. UK ring size S.

Date: Circa 1st-3rd century AD
Condition: Excellent condition. The ring has been professionally repaired and cleaned. The ring is suitable for modern wear with care.

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As in many ancient societies, jewellery was an important social marker used to demonstrate wealth. During the Roman Republic it became customary for all the senators, chief magistrates, and at last for the equites also, to wear gold rings. This tradition among the elite continued into the Imperial era, during which jewellery designs became far more elaborate. Roman mythology was used as a repertoire of subjects to enrich and adorn necklaces, pins, rings and earrings. Diana was the Roman goddess of the hunt (known as Artemis in the Greek pantheon) and is often depicted alongside animals such as stags or hunting dogs. She is also associated with the moon, fertility, and childbirth.

To find out more about intaglios, please visit our relevant blog post: Engraved Gemstones in Ancient Rome.

Weight 6.1 g
Dimensions W 2.2 cm
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Reference: For a similar item, The British Museum, item 1913,0307.145.

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