Ancient Roman carnelian signet ring, circa 2nd century AD.
Ancient Roman carnelian signet ring. Horizontally set with a single oval carnelian plaque in a closed back rubover setting featuring an engraved full length male figure, probably Mars, the Roman god of war, to an elegant marquise shaped bezel and closed backholing, leading to trumpeting shoulders and flowing through to a rounded hollow shank. Tested yellow gold, circa 2nd century AD.
In Greek mythology, the god Ares is the equivalent of Mars. This ring is in fine condition with an attractive patina.