This is an ancient Roman gold intaglio ring dating to the 3rd century AD. This example is still set with the original intaglio in a blue/black glass paste, imitating a rare and coveted Nicolo onyx.
The gem is set within an octagonal box-shaped bezel, still secured with the original cement and rubbed over setting. The shoulders are delicately sculpted with raised and curled/fluted design.
The band is intact and is perfectly wearable today. The intaglio depicts a crouching Hare, with long ears and a brown/black appearance due to the colour of the gem. The libidinous hare was sacred to Aphrodite and Eros (Venus and Cupid), and live hares were often presented as love gifts - long ago this ancient ring may have been one such gift! Gold and glass (Nicolo paste).4 (US) H 1/2 (UK). 19mm x 23mm x 2mm (bezel 12mm x 11mm x 5mm). Formerly in a private collection, West Sussex. This ring is unconditionally guaranteed to be an ancient original and to date from the period described. A certificate of authenticity will be supplied on request. The item "3rd century Ancient Roman gold intaglio ring of a crouching Hare sacred to Venus" is in sale since Thursday, January 21, 2021. This item is in the category "Antiques\Antiquities\Roman". The seller is "wear-the-past" and is located in Bath.
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