- Museum number
Finger-ring; gold; nielloed; reserved foliate ornament on shoulders; inscription around hoop; oval bezel with pearled band set with three layered onyx cameo cut with figure of recumbent dog.
- Production date
Diameter: 1.14 inches
Weight: 239 grains
- Curator's comments
- Text from Dalton 1912, Catalogue of Finger Rings
The first word is probably intended for caute, the sense then being: 'Alert I sleep, safely I watch, I spare the vanquished, I flee from none'. Cf. a ring in the Victoria and Albert Museum (no. 143-1907)
Text from Dalton 1915, Catalogue of Engraved Gems:
Mounted in a gold nielloed ring, with an inscription.
Text from Ward, Cherry et al, 'The Ring from Antiquity to the Twentieth Century,' London 1981, pl.159.
This ring has an oval bezel with a pearled band around the sides. The bezel is set with three-layered onyx (dark, light,dark), cut in relief to form a dog lying down. On each shoulder there is a foliate ornament reserved against a niello ground, and round the outer side of the hoop the nielloed black-letter legend: KUTE DORMIO, TUTE VIRGILO VICTIS PARCO, NULLUM FUGIO, which may be translated 'Alert I sleep; safely I watch; I spare the vanquished; I flee from none', possibly the motto of a soldier.
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
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