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Ring with an Intaglio of Dionysus
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Ring with an Intaglio of Dionysus

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Description The shoulders of this massive ring are engraved with a torch and a trident, and terminate in the jaws of large snake heads. The carnelian depicts a reclining male figure leaning on a staff. Wreaths on his head and in his right hand identify him as the wine-god Dionysus. Before him stands what may be another torch or a horn of plenty, both of which, like snakes, were symbols of Dionysus: snakes represented wild animals over which the god presided, while torches may allude to the "Lampteria," the "Festival of Torches" celebrated in Dionysus's cult.
Date Description Narrative
12/14/1978Examinationexamined for condition
  • Early Christian and Byzantine Art. Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore. 1947.
  • Jewelry - Ancient to Modern. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1979-1980.
  • Bedazzled: 5,000 Years of Jewelry. El Paso Museum of Art, El Paso. 2010.
Provenance Dikran Kelekian, New York and Paris [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1926, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1926

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3rd century CE
gold, carnelian
(Gold, Silver & Jewelry)
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H: 1 in. (2.6 cm)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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