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Cameo with a Man Reading from a Scroll Set in a Ring
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Cameo with a Man Reading from a Scroll Set in a Ring


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Description This cameo depicts a bearded man, seated and holding a scroll. Behind him is another man reading aloud with his hands raised. This scene, taken from daily life, illustrates the importance of literature in the Roman world. The ring has an oval bezel with scrolled shoulders and a convex hoop with acanthus ornament.
Exhibitions
  • 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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Period
Gem: 1st-2nd century CE; Ring: 17th century (Roman Imperial)
Medium
sardonyx; mount: gold
(Precious Stones & Gems)
Accession Number
42.1344
Measurements
Diam: 5/8 in. (1.6 cm)
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Not On View

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