Box bezel ring

Object Details

Title:

Box bezel ring

Artist/Maker(s):

Attributed to Santa Eufemia Master (Greek (South Italian), active 340 - 320 B.C.)

Culture:

Greek (South Italian)

Place(s):

South Italy (Place created)

Date:

340 - 320 B.C.

Medium:

Gold

Dimensions:

2 x 1.4 x 0.8 cm (13/16 x 9/16 x 5/16 in.)

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Riding his winged horse Pegasos, the Greek hero Bellerophon slays the monstrous Chimaera on this gold ring. A South Italian goldsmith constructed the elaborate box bezel from sheet gold and decorated it with gold floral filigree on all sides. He made the repoussé scene of Bellerophon separately and attached it to the bezel as an appliqué. Using a link of a gold chain for the ring's hoop, he masked the join of the hoop and bezel with palmettes.

Box bezel rings are rare, and this example is unique in its rendering of a complex mythological scene on the bezel. The theme of Bellerophon and the Chimaera may have been adapted from vases. It was a popular motif among South Italian vase-painters in the later 300s B.C.

Provenance
- 1988

Fritz Bürki & Son (Zurich, Switzerland), sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1988.

Exhibitions
Ancient Art from the Permanent Collection (March 16, 1999 to May 23, 2004)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), March 16, 1999 to May 23, 2004
The Chimaera of Arezzo (July 16, 2009 to February 8, 2010)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Villa, (Malibu), July 16, 2009 to February 8, 2010
Bibliography

"Acquisitions/1988." The J. Paul Getty Museum Journal 17 (1989) pp. 114-15, no. 23.

Spier, Jeffrey. Ancient Gems and Finger Rings: Catalogue of the Collections. Malibu: The J. Paul Getty Museum, 1992. cat. no. 70.

Hoffmann, Herbert. "Bellerophon and the Chimaira in Malibu: A Greek Myth and an Archaeological Context," Studia Varia from the J. Paul Getty Museum. Occasional Papers on Antiquities 8 (1993), pp. 63-70. figs. 1a-c.

The J. Paul Getty Museum Handbook of the Antiquities Collection (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2002) p. 127.

Iozzo, Mario, ed., et. al. The Chimaera of Arezzo (Firenze: Edizioni Polistampa, 2009) p. 18, fig. 10.

The J. Paul Getty Museum Handbook of the Antiquities Collection. Rev. ed. (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2010) p. 123.