Lot 68: Hellenistic Greek gold ring with cabochon garnet intaglio of Aphrodite, nude, standing by a fountain and arranging her hair
November 30, 2016
Boston, MA, USALive Auction
Description: Superb Hellenistic Greek gold ring with large domed cabachon garnet carved in intaglio with frontal image of nude Aphrodite, Goddess of Love, standing by a fountain while arranging her hair. Intact, 2nd Century BC, eastern Mediterranean.
Ring size is approximate, since ancient rings are not perfectly round.
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Provenance: European private collection Mme. A., 1980's or earlier. Acquired by the current owner in Europe, 1994.
Dimensions: 2.6 cm (1"), US size 8+
Literature: Published, Antiquarium, Ltd., "Women In Ancient Art." (New York, 1997), p. 24.
Medium: Gold, garnet