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Cameo Ring


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Description This gold ring with sardonyx cameo is carved with two men, the elder, a bearded poet is seated and holds a scroll, the other stands behind reading out loud, hands raised as he declaims. An oval bezel, with scrolled shoulders and convex hoop with acanthus ornament. This scene, taken from daily life, illustrates the importance of literature in the Roman world.
Exhibitions
  • Jewelry - Ancient to Modern. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1979-1980.
Provenance Dikran Kelekian, New York and Paris [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1909, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1909

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Period
Gem: AD 1st-2nd century; Ring: 17th century
Medium
sardonyx, gold
(Precious Stones & Gems)
Accession Number
42.1344
Measurements
Diam: 5/8 in. (1.6 cm)
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Location Within Museum
Not On View

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