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Ring with Portrait of a Courtier
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Ring with Portrait of a Courtier


Description Conservation Exhibitions Provenance Inscription Credit
Description This ring has a swivel bezel with an intaglio that depicts a head in profile to the left, sometimes identified as Asander I, King of Bosphorus. The signature "of Apollonios" is inscribed in Greek below the head.
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
2/12/1957Treatmentother
8/15/1960Examinationother
1/14/1979Treatmentcleaned
1/14/1979Examinationexamined for condition
6/15/1983Loan Considerationexamined for loan
7/06/1984Treatmentcleaned; other
10/01/1988Treatmentcleaned
10/03/1988Treatmentcleaned
Exhibitions
  • Jewelry - Ancient to Modern. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1979-1980.
  • From Alexander to Cleopatra: Greek Art of the Hellenistic Age. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1988-1989.
  • Pergamon and the Hellenistic Kingdoms of the Ancient World. 2016.
Provenance Morrison Collection [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Morrison Sale, Christie, Manson & Woods, London, 1898, lot 261 [said to be from Kerch]; E. Guilhou, France, by 1912 [mode of acquisition unknown] [Guilhou no. 202]; Arthur Evans, Oxford, by 1938, [mode of acquisition unknown] [Evans inv. no. 65]; Jacob Hirsch, Munich, 1941 [executor of Evans' will]; Walters Art Museum, 1942, by purchase.
Inscriptions [Translation] of Apollonios
Credit Museum purchase, 1942

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Period
late 3rd-mid 1st century BCE (Seleucid)
Medium
garnet; ring: gold
(Gold, Silver & Jewelry)
Accession Number
57.1698
Measurements
H: 1 1/8 x W: 15/16 x D: 15/16 in. (2.8 x 2.3 x 2.5 cm)
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