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Openwork ring

3rd century AD


Dimensions

Height: 0.8 cm (5/16 in.) Maximum Diameter: 2 cm (13/16 in.)

Accession Number

2001.135

Medium or Technique

Gold and semiprecious stone (sardonyx?)

On View

Gems and Jewelry of the Ancient Mediterranean (Made possible by the Vance Wall Foundation) (Gallery 210A)

Collections

Jewelry , The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment , Rings

A gold ring with openwork (or pierced work; opus interrasile) composed of a design of juxtaposed peltae and scroll work. At the front the scrollwork is organized in a square field with a central "chi." From this rises an "omega" and a "lambda" mounted on a kind of pedestal. At the back of the ring is a solid, quasi-square panel set with a two-layered (white and honey-colored) stone.

Provenance

By date unknown: David Sharp Collection, 44 Chandros Avenue, Southgate, London N 14 7ER, England; May 2000: purchased from David Sharp by Ariadne Galleries, Inc., 970 Madison Ave, New York, New York 10021; March 21, 2001: purchased by MFA from Ariadne Galleries, Inc.

Credit Line

Benjamin and Lucy Rowland Fund