Roman Ring with Nubian Bust Onyx Cameo

GBP 6,950.00

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Object Description

A Roman gold ring featuring an ellipsoid bezel containing an onyx cameo. The ring consists of a wide, flattened band, leading to a deep, oval cell. This has been soldered onto the ends of the hoop, with two gold granules adding further embelishment at each end. The intaglio features a profile, facing bust of a Nubian figure, created in the half-round. The facial features are intricately presented, with precise details outlining the portraits eyes, nose, mouth and elaborate hair texture. The cameo relief is created from two layers of onyx, the dark colouring of the stone creating the lustrous skin of the African subject.

Closest UK ring size: V

Date: Circa 2nd – 4th century AD

Object History

Acquired 1970-1990. Ex property of a deceased lady

Object Condition

Very Good. Small indentations to the bezel cell consistent with age.

Object Details

  • dimensions
    W:2.1 x H:1.5 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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