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    Hellenistic Greek bronze signet ring musician early bagpipe

    Hellenistic Greek bronze signet ring musician early bagpipe

    $740 (approx conversion from £595)

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    About this item

    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

    MATERIAL: Bronze

    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

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    Additional Information

    Code

    11978 (AB-80370)

    Period

    Pre 1600, Ancient, Roman

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