Engraved gem set into a ring

Object Details

Title:

Engraved gem set into a ring

Artist/Maker:

Signed by Gnaios

Culture:

Greco-Roman

Date:

gem about 40 - 20 B.C.; ring 19th century A.D. or later

Medium:

Amethyst set in a modern gold ring

Dimensions:

1.7 cm (11/16 in.)

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Amethyst gem set into a modern gold ring. Gem engraved with the image of the portrait bust of Mark Antony, facing to the left. He is depicted cleanshaven, with full cheeks, a furrowed brow, a roll of flesh on the back of the neck, and finely detailed short curls of hair. The gem is set into a modern gold ring with a simple molding on its top surface.

Provenance
- after mid 19th century

Rosarena Collection, Mexican

after mid 19th century - 1900

Constantine Alexander Ionides, Greek, 1833 - 1900 (London, England), [collection no. 36] by inheritance to his son, Alexander Constantine Ionides, 1900.

1900 - 1931

Alexander Constantine Ionides, 1862 - 1931 (London, England), by inheritance to his heirs, 1931.

1931 -

Heirs of Alexander Constantine Ionides, 1862 - 1931

by 1968 -

Lady Adam Gordon , grandaughter of Alexander Constantine Ionides (London, England)

- 2001

Mrs. Diana Scarisbrick, born 1928, sold through Oliver Forge (London, England) to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 2001.

Exhibitions
Rome on the Grand Tour (January 8 to August 11, 2002)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), January 8 to August 11, 2002
Carvers and Collectors: The Lasting Allure of Ancient Gems (March 19 to September 7, 2009)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Villa (Malibu), March 19 to September 7, 2009
Bibliography

Boardman, John. Engraved Gems. The Ionides Collection. London: 1968. pp. 19, 27-28, and 93-94, no. 18, ill.

Boardman, John. Greek Gems and Finger Rings. New York and London: 1970. p. 372, no. 1013, ill.

Plantzos, Dimitrios. Hellenistic Engraved Gems. Oxford: 1999. pp. 94, 95 100, and 133, no. 620; pl. 75, no. 620.

The J. Paul Getty Museum Handbook of the Antiquities Collection. Rev. ed. (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2010) p. xix, fig. 10.