Finger ring with intaglio ringstone

This Roman finger ring with ringstone could be used as a personal seal on documents, and was also a magic amulet to ward off the evil eye. The image shows a large human face wearing a cap, with bird legs, feet and tail. Emerging from the tail is a horse’s head on a serpent’s neck. Standing on the tail is a small animal holding reigns.
Accession Loan No.
Collection Class
Foreign archaeology
Common Name
finger ring with intaglio ringstone
Simple Name
Full Name
intaglio ringstone depicting a composite figure
length 22 mm; W 20 mm; TH 6 mm
Cultural Group
Period Classification
Roman Imperial - 31 BC-476 AD
Production Year Low
Production Year High
Family Group

jasper; gilded copper alloy (brass or bronze)
Collector / Excavator
Montague, LAD, Lieutenant Colonel
Collection Continent

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