Ring with cameo of clasped hands
Roman, Eastern Mediterranean
3rd century A.D.
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.)
Medium or Technique
Gold and sardonyx
Anne and Blake Ireland Gallery (Gallery 210A)
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
Gift of Robert E. Hecht, Jr. in memory of Robert E. Hecht, Sr. and Julia K. Hecht