Ancient Greek gold ring with Apollo. A yellow gold ring with a central elliptical plaque, finely engraved with a full length figure of the god Apollo pouring a libation and holding his bow and arrow, flanked by integrated shoulders which taper into a solid ridged D-shape shank. Tested yellow gold, approximately 9.3g in weight, circa 4th century BC, accompanied by an Oxford Labs X-ray Fluorescence report stating the composition of the metal.
This ring depicts Apollo, the Greek god associated with the Sun, prophecy, archery, the arts and healing. Apollo is typically shown as a beardless, naked, athletic youth- the representation of ideal male physical beauty. Here he is wearing a laurel wreath on his head. Laurel was used in offerings to the gods as well as for crowns celebrating either victories or achievements in the arts. To Apollo's left he holds another of his symbols- his bow and arrows and is supported by a stump of a palm tree- a tree which was sacred to Apollo as he was born under one in Delos.
The posture of Apollo looks as though he is slouching, however he is actually arranged in an ‘S Curve’. This is an Ancient Greek artistic concept whereby the figure rests his weight more on one leg, giving the body a twisting ‘S’ appearance.