- Museum number
Gold ring with a flying Eros. This small ring has an almost circular, slightly convex bezel and a D-section hoop. The bezel shows Eros flying to the left, holding a wreath out in both hands. There is a dotted ground line, below and above which is an inscription.
- Production date
Diameter: 1.40 centimetres (inner)
Diameter: 1.70 centimetres
Length: 1.40 centimetres (bezel)
Weight: 4.85 grammes
- Curator's comments
- Williams and Ogden 1994
This ring is small enough to be suitable for a girl or a small woman. It appears to be hammered from a single piece of gold and has occasional platinum-group metal inclusions. Rings of this form are characteristically engraved with a figure of Eros, and it is probable that they were designed as love-gifts. The typically shallow engraving and the direction of the inscriptions, when present, show that they were not intended as signets.
BIBLIOGRAPHY: BMCR 102.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2008 1 May-12 Jul, Shanghai, The Ancient Olympic Games
2008 2 Aug-31 Sep, Hong Kong, The Ancient Olympic Games
- Acquisition date
- Greek and Roman
- Registration number