Ancient Roman Gold Ring with Garnet Intaglio of Socrates

GBP 4,750.00

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Object Description

An exceptional ancient Roman gold ring featuring a circular hoop and a finely decorated trumpet bezel. Composed of bulbous petals, the bezel is flanked by two gold granules at the base and adorned by a frieze of evenly spaced, smaller granules at the top. The piece is further enriched with a deep-red cabochon garnet, finely carved with a male head facing left. Portrayed as bearded and bold, the man closely resembles the Greek philosopher Socrates, presenting a head type similar to the work of the early Hellenistic period. The broad nose, said to have linked the philosopher to a silenus, allows a second possible interpretation of the figure as one of the mythical creatures, part man part beast, closely associated with the god Dionysus.

Closest UK ring size: U.

Date: Circa 1st – 3rd Century AD

Object History

From a collection of ancient rings, 1980s.

Object Condition

Fine condition.

Object Details

  • dimensions
    W:2.1 x H:3.3 centimeters

Dealer Opening Times

By appointment only.

Dealer Contact

+44 (0)208 364 4565
+44 (0)7833231322

Dealer Location

The Gallery
Trent Park Equestrian Centre
Eastpole Farm House, Bramley Road
Oakwood, N14 4UW, United Kingdom

St James's Ancient Art
10 Charles II Street, Ground Floor
St James

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