Lot 171: Roman Ring with VOT HER Inscription
December 6, 2016
London, United KingdomLive Auction
Description: 3rd century AD. A silver hoop of seven facets, chamfered edges, the bezel with 'VOT / HER' inscribed in rustic capitals. Cf. Ruseva-Slokoska, L. Roman Jewellery, Sofia, 1991, item 203 for type. 4.89 grams, 22mm overall, 18.44mm internal diameter (approximate size British Q, USA 8 1/4, Europe 17.77, Japan 17) (1"). From a private collection; formed 1965-1975. The text is enigmatic but the sequence 'VOT' often denotes the Latin uotum, a promise or solemn undertaking, the origin through Old French of the English word 'vow'. The abbreviation 'HER' would most probably indicate Hercules whose worship was popular from the third century onward as a saviour god.
Condition Report: Fine condition.