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roman gold intaglio ring with aquarius - rare

£3,000 - £5,000

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Ca. 200 AD. Ancient Roman gold ring with round hoop; forming an oval-shaped bezel with applied carnelian stone depicting Aquarius; Aquarius is usually associated with Ganymede, the son of King Tros, in Greek mythology. Ganymede was a beautiful Trojan youth who caught Zeus' eye, which prompted the god to disguise himself as an eagle and carry him off to Olympus to serve as cup-bearer to the gods..Very good, wearable condition. Reference for Roman Rings: Cf. Ruseva-Slokoska, L. Roman Jewellery, Sofia, 1991; D:20mm/L:27mm UK U; US 10; 10.5g; Provenance: Property of a professional London art expert; obtained from an old British collection formed since the 1970s.