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Ring with Dionysus

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Description This massive gold ring has a convex bezel set with a garnet intaglio representing a young man crowned with an ivy wreath. This image could either be an image of the wine-god Dionysus or a portrait of King Ptolemy IV Philopator (221-204 BC) in the guise of this deity.
Date Description Narrative
1/14/1979Examinationexamined for condition
6/15/1983Loan Considerationexamined for loan
7/01/2001Treatmentcleaned; other
5/16/2006Examinationexamined for condition
  • Jewelry - Ancient to Modern. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1979-1980.
  • Objects of Adornment: Five Thousand Years of Jewelry from the Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, New York; Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk; Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; San Antonio Museum of Art, San Antonio; Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa; Honolulu Academy of Arts, Honolulu; New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans; Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee; Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis; Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo; The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota. 1984-1987.
  • Jewelry from the Walters Art Gallery and the Zucker Family Collection. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1987.
  • From Alexander to Cleopatra: Greek Art of the Hellenistic Age. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1988-1989.
  • Bedazzled: 5,000 Years of Jewelry from the Walters Art Museum. Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville; The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota; The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2006-2009.
  • Bedazzled: 5,000 Years of Jewelry. El Paso Museum of Art, El Paso. 2010.
Provenance Morrison Collection [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Morrison Sale, Christie, Manson & Woods, London, 1898, lot 255; E. Guilhou, France, by 1912 [mode of acquisition unknown] [Guilhou no. 268]; Arthur Evans, Oxford, by 1938, [mode of acquisition unknown] [Evans inv. no. 76]; Jacob Hirsch, Munich, 1941 [executor of Evans' will]; Walters Art Museum, 1942, by purchase.
Credit Museum purchase, 1942

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3rd century BCE (Hellenistic)
garnet; ring: gold
(Gold, Silver & Jewelry)
Accession Number
1 1/8 x 1 in. (2.8 x 2.5 cm)


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