Roman Silver Intaglio Ring Gryllos Magical Gem
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About this item
This is an ancient Roman silver intaglio ring, dating to the 2nd - 3rd century AD. It is set with its original jasper intaglio, cut with a representation of a Gryllos. It has the body of a cockerel with the head of Silenus, at the top is a protome of a horses head. It is thought these gems were worn for protection and had apotropaic qualities. This example has survived within the original mount, though has a light crack that appears stable. The intaglio would have acted as a private signature, to authenticate letters and transactions.
OBJECT: Intaglio Ring
DATE: c. 2nd - 3rd century AD
MATERIAL: Silver & jasper gemstone
RING SIZE: 5 1/4 (US) K 1/4 (UK)
SIZE: 20mm x 23mm x 6mm x 12mm (intaglio 9mm x 7mm)
WEIGHT: 11.1 grams
PROVENANCE: Ex. Winchester collection