Intaglio gem depciting an ant from above, set in a sumptuous Renaissance gold finger-ring

On display

Heavy gold ring, the bezel set with a cornelian intaglio depicting an ant, the familiar of the corn-goddess Ceres, keeled hoop and triangular shoulders channeled to look like two sprays of acanthus.


  • Title

    Intaglio gem depciting an ant from above, set in a sumptuous Renaissance gold finger-ring

  • Associated place

    Frankfurt (place of purchase)
    The Roman World (place of creation)
  • Date

    3rd century AD (AD 201 - 300)
  • Material and technique

    gold, cornelian

  • Object type

  • Dimensions

    1.6 cm (width)
    1.1 cm (diameter)
    20.6 g (weight)
  • No. of items


  • Credit line

    Presented by Dr C.D.E. Fortnum in honour of Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee, 1897.

  • Museum location

    Second floor | Gallery 56 | Arts of the Renaissance
  • Museum department


  • Accession no.


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Further reading

Scarisbrick, Diana and Taylor, Gerald, Finger rings from Egypt to the present day (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 1978), no.155, p.39, illus. p.39

Taylor, Gerald, and Diana Scarisbrick, Finger Rings: From Ancient Egypt to the Present Day (London: Lund Humphries, 1978), no.155

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