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