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Ancient Roman birds intaglio ring. Set centrally with an oval cornelian intaglio in a closed backrubover setting, carved with a pair of birds, possibly parrots, alongside a smaller bird, a wheel and a cornucopia (horn of plenty), to a signet ring design featuring a fine wirework border with a grooved pattern and closed backholing, leading to split scrolling shoulders with granule detailing and flowing through to a joined rounded two wire shank. Tested yellow gold, circa 2nd-3rd century AD.
The combination of the symbolism of this intaglio is intriguing- the cornucopia symbolising abundance and nourishment, parrots meaning exoticism and the wheel perhaps denoting mobility and hard work.
The intaglio set in this ring is carved with minute precision, each line building up the image which is crisply executed. This is a museum quality ring, and a very fine example of Ancient Roman craftsmanship, showcasing several highly technical goldworking techniques, in excellent condition.
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