Openwork ring

Imperial Period
3rd century AD


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

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Gold and semiprecious stone (sardonyx?)

On View

Anne and Blake Ireland Gallery (Gallery 210A)


Jewelry, The Ancient World



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.


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