intaglio / finger-ring
Intaglio; sard; wreath of two palm-branches enclosing inscription; mounted in gold ring.
- Length: 13 millimetres
- Width: 9.5 millimetres
- Thickness: 4 millimetres
Text from Dalton 1915, Catalogue of Engraved Gems:
cf. Smith and Cheetham, Dict. of Christian Antiquities, i, p. 713; Garrucci, Storia dell' arte cristiana, pl. 477, figs. 20,21.
For gems inscribed with ichthus (Greek characters) as the mystic name of Christ, see de Rossi, in Pitra's Spicilegium Solemense, iii, p. 555. For the symbolic fish in general, see F. Dölger in Römische Quartalschrift, xxiii, (1909), pp. 1ff. and 145 ff., and Das Fischsymbol in frühchristicher Zeit, Rome 1910.
Supplementary information to Dalton 1915:
Dalton mistakenly attributed this to the 1772 Hamilton Collection, whereas it is not marked with an H and is registered as OA. 6508.
It may possibly come from the Townley Coll. 1815 as it is described without number in draft lists of T. gems (See Ms. Inventories of Gems in G&R Dept, pp. 7 & 12).
Published: DCA, London, 1893, p. 713; DACL, Paris, 1924, col. 821, fig. 4962.
4 March 1994 - 14 April 1998
Reason for analysis
Examination and identificatiion of Byzantine gems
Analysis reference number
Prehistory and Europe
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Object reference number: MCB92
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