Intaglio gem depciting an ant from above, set in a sumptuous Renaissance gold finger-ringOn display
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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.
Intaglio gem depciting an ant from above, set in a sumptuous Renaissance gold finger-ring
Date3rd century AD (AD 201 - 300)
Material and technique
Dimensions1.6 cm (width)
1.1 cm (diameter)
20.6 g (weight)
No. of items
Presented by Dr C.D.E. Fortnum in honour of Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee, 1897.
Museum locationSecond floor | Gallery 56 | Arts of the Renaissance
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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