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.
Prehistory and Europe
There is no image of this object, or there may be copyright restrictions
If you’ve noticed a mistake or have any further information about this object, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Object reference number: MCB92
British Museum collection data is also available in the W3C open data standard, RDF, allowing it to join and relate to a growing body of linked data published by organisations around the world.
The Museum makes its collection database available to be used by scholars around the world. Donations will help support curatorial, documentation and digitisation projects.