Intaglio ringstone with image of Zeus or Jupiter-Serapis

Description
This ‘intaglio’ ringstone shows a man’s head, either the Greek god Zeus or the Romano-Egyptian god Jupiter-Serapis. On his head he is wearing a ‘modius’ which was a measure for grain. Ringstones were set into a finger ring and could be used as a personal seal on documents. It belonged to Lieutenant Colonel Montague who collected over 800 classical archaeological objects, which he bequeathed to the museum on his death.
Accession Loan No.
5/1946/714
Collection Class
Foreign archaeology
Common Name
intaglio ringstone with image of Zeus or Jupiter-Serapis
Simple Name
ringstone
Full Name
intaglio ringstone depicting bust of Zeus/ Jupiter-Serapis
Dimensions
length 13 mm; W 10 mm
Cultural Group
Roman
Period Classification
Roman Imperial - 31 BC-476 AD
Production Year Low
117
Production Year High
138
Family Group

Material
carnelian
Collector / Excavator
Montague, LAD, Lieutenant Colonel
Collection Continent
Europe

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