Finger ring with intaglio ringstone

Description
The ‘intaglio’ stone in this ring shows a raven standing on an altar next to a ‘horn of plenty’ and a dolphin. The interpretation of these symbols is uncertain as they were all Roman symbols of prosperity, but they also represent various gods. Finger rings containing engraved ringstones could be used as a personal seal on documents, and also had amuletic properties.
Accession Loan No.
5/1946/390
Collection Class
Foreign archaeology
Common Name
finger ring with intaglio ringstone
Simple Name
ringstone
Full Name
intaglio ringstone depicting a raven, altar, dolphin and cornucopia
Dimensions
diameter 22 mm; TH 10 mm
Cultural Group
Roman
Period Classification
Roman Imperial - 31 BC-476 AD
Production Year Low
100
Production Year High
200
Family Group

Material
jasper; iron
Collector / Excavator
Montague, LAD, Lieutenant Colonel
Collection Continent
Europe

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