Rock crystal ring, with large bezel

Greek
Middle Hellenistic Period
2nd century B.C.


Dimensions

Legacy dimension: 0.05 L. of bezel

Accession Number

01.7537

Medium or Technique

Crystal

On View

Anne and Blake Ireland Gallery (Gallery 210A)

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Rings

Originally, the recessed bezel might have held an engraved stone or colored glass cut with an image. The large size and distinctive thick shouldered hoop are typical of Hellenistic finger rings made in a variety of media, including bone, gold, glass and rock crystal.

There is little sign of wear but this could be because the ring was preserved in a closed burial or votive deposit.

Provenance

By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought in Munich); December 1901: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution