Ring with cameo of clasped hands

Roman, Eastern Mediterranean
Imperial Period
3rd century A.D.

Catalogue Raisonné

Highlights: Classical Art (MFA), p. 094.


Height x width x depth: 1 x 2.3 x 1.9 cm (3/8 x 7/8 x 3/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Gold and sardonyx

On View

Anne and Blake Ireland Gallery (Gallery 210A)


Europe, Jewelry, The Ancient World



A traditional Roman marriage ring with bezel design of two clasped hands. The woman’s hand on the left wears a bracelet. Above, a garland or fillet. Below, OMONOIA, “harmony” (white on blue background). Octagonal hoop with oval bezel mounting. The shape of the ring suggests that it was worn on the upper joints of fingers rather than lower as indicated by figural sculptures wearing jewelry.


By date unknown: with Robert E. Hecht, Jr.; October 17, 1963: gift to MFA in memory of R. E. and Julia K. Hecht

Credit Line

Gift of Robert E. Hecht, Jr. in memory of Robert E. Hecht, Sr. and Julia K. Hecht