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Ancient Jewelry

Hellenistic Greek, Bronze Relief Ring Fragment, Anatolia, 3rd - 2nd Century B.C.

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This bronze ring fragment is nearly identical to the referenced the ring fragment currently in The J. Paul Getty Museum in Malibu, California, listed in Spier Rings, as shown to the right. It is clearly the same woman depicted and they are very likely from the same engraver and workshop. The Getty Museum piece is similarly missing almost the entire hoop.ring fragment

AS72537. Spier Rings 90 (nearly identical fragment!, bezel 21.1 x 17.3 x 4.5 mm), fragment, entire bezel present, only traces of the hoop remain, rough green patina, some corrosion, bezel 22.5 x 18.3 x 4.7 mm, high relief portrait of a woman facing left (perhaps a Ptolemaic queen), draped and wearing her hair in melon coiffure; $490.00 (431.20)


Hellenistic Greek, Bronze Relief Ring Fragment, Eastern Mediterranean, 3rd - 1st Century B.C.

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This bronze ring fragment is very similar to the referenced ring fragment in the British Museum (click here to see it online).
AS84167. cf. BM Collection 1917.0501.1267 (very similar ring fragment), bezel complete, 22.1 x 16.1, obverse high relief portrait of a woman facing left, draped and wearing her hair in a bun at the back (perhaps a Ptolemaic queen, either Berenike II or Arsinoe II); $200.00 (176.00)


Iberia, Hacksilver, Solid Lunate Earring, c. 650 - 150 B.C.

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The lunate earring type, characterized by a solid crescentric body in a tapered bent over hoop, is the most basic and popular form of earring found in Bronze and Iron Age contexts. The earliest know were found at Ur and date to the third millennium B.C. They are very often found in hacksilver hoards, indicating that they were a bullion medium of exchange. The referenced examples and others known to Forum are all from the East and are under 2 grams. This much larger and heavier example was found in Iberia. Perhaps it was produced locally or perhaps it was brought to the region by Phoenician trade.
CE84813. Silver Ring Money, cf. Gitler Hacksilber 24 ff. (Samaria, late 4th c. B.C.); Golani-Sass Fig. 10, 1 - 2 (Tel Miqne-Ekron, Canaan, 7th c. B.C.) , weight 6.575 g, maximum diameter 25.2 mm, solid silver, crescentric body in a tapered bent over hoop; $120.00 (105.60)


Roman, Syro-Palestinian, Miniature Jar Shaped Glass Pendant, c. 3rd - Early 5th Century A.D.

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A wide variety of ancient glass amulets and pendants were made to look like tiny glass juglets and bottles. They were manufactured by bead makers, not glass blowers, and many are common bead types with added handles and other small vessel features.
AS34624. cf. Corning III 967, Bomford 171, Complete, intact, weathering, pitting, miniature Jar Shaped Glass Pendant, 15 mm, black glass with white glass thread, crude and rather carelessly made; $65.00 (57.20)







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REFERENCES|

Andrews, C. Ancient Egyptian Jewelry. (New York, 1997).
Boardman, J. Archaic Greek Gems. (London, 1968).
Coarelli, F. Greek and Roman Jewellery. (London, 1966).
Deppert-Lippitz, B. Ancient Gold Jewelry, Dallas Museum of Art. (Dallas, 1966).
Henig, M. A Corpus of Roman Engraved Gemstones from British Sites, Part I. British Archeological Reports 8(i). (Oxford, 1974).
Hoffmann, H. & P. Davidson. Greek Gold, Jewelry from the Age of Alexander. (Mainz, 1966).
Marshal, F. Catalogue of the Jewellery, Greek, Etruscan, and Roman in the Departments of Antiquities, British Museum. (London, 1969).
Mnzen und Medaillen A.G. Werke Antiker Goldschmiedekunst, Griechenland - Etrurien - Rom - Spatantike, 8. Jahrhundert v. C. bis 7 Jahrhundert n.C., Sonderliste M, Basel, Sep 1970.
Spier, J. Ancient Gems and Finger Rings: Catalogue of the Collections of the J. Paul Getty Museum. (Malibu, CA, 1992).
Wilkinson, A. Ancient Egyptian Jewellery. (London, 1971).

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