Roman Silver Ring with Dolphins and Garnet

GBP 750.00

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Object Description

An ancient Roman silver ring featuring a D-shaped hoop and a protruding openwork bezel. The shoulders of the ring are modelled in the form of stylised fish heads, most likely dolphins, with pairs of incised concentric circles representing the eyes. The bezel presents a tiered design, comprised of an openwork circular base, on top of which four undulating dolphin ornaments have been attached to a tall tubular centrepiece. The ring is further enriched with a garnet cabochon inset, although now chipped, to the top of the tube. The piece was likely to have originally been used as a key ring with the central tube forming a mandrel, then adapted into decorative jewellery with the garnet stone added later in antiquity.

Closest UK ring size: between N and O

Date: Circa 3rd-4th century AD

Object History

Ex Cotswold collection, UK, 1990s.

Object Condition

Fine condition with encrustations to the surface. Chip to garnet inset.

Object Details

  • dimensions
    W:3.0 x H:2.5 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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