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.
- Jewelry - Ancient to Modern. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1979-1980.
Provenance Charles Newton-Robinson, London, by 1904, [mode of acquisition unknown]; Charles Newton-Robinson sale, Christie, Manson & Woods, London, 22 June 1909, lot 92; Dikran Kelekian, Paris and New York, 1909, by purchase; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1909, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1909
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