Roman gold fingerring

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Object: Roman gold fingerring

Material: Ring made of gold. Intaglio made of glass.

Period: 3rd to 4th cent. AD.
Late Roman period.

Description:    Fingerring with a flat ring band, which is decorated on the outside with four beaded wires. An oval plate and mount is surrounded by a single beaded wire and is set with an oval intaglio. The intaglio still faintly shows the outlines of a standing figure, but is otherwise featureless with a convex surface.
The beautiful ring is a good example of the gold jewelery of the later Roman Imperial period.

Dimensions: 26mm x 17mm. The ring is heavily bent so that we can't state a diameter. The intaglio 12mm x 8mm and almost perfectly oval.

Condition: The ring is completely preserved including the original intaglio. The ring rail is severely bent so that the ring cannot be worn, but it has lost none of its decorative appeal.

Provenance: Acquired by us in 2020 on the English art market. The ring was found in the middle of the 1990ies near the village of Palgrave, England. The find was reported to the archaeologist Andrew Rogerson. Rogerson is a founding memeber of the Norfolk Archaeological Unit that records archaeological finds. He praises the cooperation with metal detectorists explicitly during this period. The ring was subsequently returned to the finder. It was export to us in 2020 with English export licence no. PAU/00444/20.

References: Similar Portable Antiquities Scheme, NARC-3F54A5.

Literature: Andrew Rogerson, ‘A great increase in reported, provenanced, archaeological finds’: A History of Recording in Norfolk Before the Portable Antiquities Scheme, in Public Archaeology Volume 15, 2016 - Issue 4.

Authenticity: We unconditionally guarantee the authenticity of every artefact, all items are subject to our lifetime return policy on authenticity.