SILVER and CARNELIAN SEAL RING - Ancient Roman, Circa 2nd – 3rd Century AD
An attractive Roman intaglio seal ring in a heavy silver setting with a detailed red carnelian seal stone. The intaglio is carved to depict a mythological winged griffon facing left. The elliptical shaped band is characteristic of Roman rings of the 1st – 3rd centuries. This ring is in an excellent state of preservation with dark surface toning and some deposits of horn silver. The central intaglio is very well carved.
A handsome ring in wearable condition.
The Signet, or Seal Ring, was significant in Roman society, as it was used in validating serious legal documents by its owner. Intaglios, and engraved or intaglio-cut gems could serve as seals, even while appearing decorative. Cicero mentions them, and Pliny cites that the fashion of wearing signet rings eventually shifted to the little finger. A signet ring was highly representative of the individual who wore it. It was, in effect, his or her signature.
Oval Carnelian Intaglio: 13 x 9 mm
Total Weight: 15.11 gm