Hellenistic Greek bronze signet ring musician early bagpipe
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This is an ancient Hellenistic Greek bronze signet ring, dating from the 3rd - 1st century BC. It has a pointed oval bezel, cut with a device of a musical wind instrument and a trumpet. The first object represents an ''askaulos'' or early form of bagpipe with drones and chanter. The second object is a ''salpinx" or trumpet type of wind instrument. Both these instruments set upon a signet would indicate the owner to have been a musician, used to seal and authenticate their letters and transactions.
The ring is in good excavated condition and can still be worn with care. This is the first I have seen representing musical instruments, especially an early form of bagpipe! RARE
OBJECT: Finger Ring
CULTURE: Greek / Hellenistic
DATE: c. 3rd - 1st century BC
RING SIZE: 8 1/2 (US) Q 3/4 (UK)
SIZE: 23.22mm x 23.23mm x 2.40mm (bezel 19.63mm x 11.95mm)
WEIGHT: 4.71 gram
PROVENANCE: Formerly in a private collection, Portugal