Description The flatness of the carving is meant to suggest ancient Roman workmanship, but Roman cameos are not this flat. This is most probably the work of a Renaissance carver creating an "ancient" carved gem, for which there was much demand. This ring can be traced back to the 1600s and was in famous collections of ancient gems, including that of the Fourth Duke of Marlborough (1739–1813) at Blenheim Palace.
|12/31/1969||Examination||Examined for exhibition|
Provenance William Ponsonby, 2nd Earl of Bessborough [1704-93] ; Fourth Duke of Marlborough [1739-1817] at Blenheim Palace . Acquired by Henry Walters, Baltimore. Joseph Brummer Sale, New York, 1942; purchased by Walters Art Museum, 1942.  no. 16M  no. 63
Credit Museum purchase [formerly part of the Walters Collection], 1942
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