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Lot 49: Garnet Intaglio with the Bust of a Warrior: NO RESERVE

Jewelry Auction: Ancient, Asian and Ethnographic - MANY LOTS OFFERED AT NO RESERVE

by The Curator's Eye

November 30, 2016

Boston, MA, USA

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  • Garnet Intaglio with the Bust of a Warrior: NO RESERVE
  • Garnet Intaglio with the Bust of a Warrior: NO RESERVE
  • Garnet Intaglio with the Bust of a Warrior: NO RESERVE
  • Garnet Intaglio with the Bust of a Warrior: NO RESERVE
  • Garnet Intaglio with the Bust of a Warrior: NO RESERVE
  • Garnet Intaglio with the Bust of a Warrior: NO RESERVE
   
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Description: Sold without reserve.

Such flat hammered gold bands set with an oval intaglio, probably symbolic to the wearer, were fashionable in ancient Roman times in the 1st century AD. A reddish agate is incised on its oval table with a profile bust of a warrior wearing a prominent laurel wreath (or possibly a Diadoumenos, a youthful figure with a ribbon wrapped around his head).

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Provenance: Alexander Gallery, New York, 2006; formerly property of an East Coast collection.

Dimensions: Circumference 55.8 mm.; US size 7.5, UK size

Medium: Gold, banded agate

Date: 50

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