Engraved gem set into a ring

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Engraved gem set into a ring


Signed by Gnaios




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


Amethyst set in a modern gold ring

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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.

- after mid 19th century

Rosarena Collection, Mexican

after mid 19th century - 1900

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

1900 - 1931

Alexander Constantine Ionides, 1862 - 1931, by inheritance to his heirs, 1931.

1931 -

Heirs of Alexander Constantine Ionides, 1862 - 1931

by 1968 -

Lady Adam Gordon , great grand-daughter of Alexander Constantine Ionides

- 2001

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

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

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Vollenweider, Marie-Louise. Die Porträtgemmen der römischen Republik. Katalog und Tafeln (Mainz: Philipp von Zabern, 1972), p. 80, pl. 137, 1, 3, 5.

Vollenweider, Marie-Louise. Die Porträtgemmen der römischen Republik. Texte (Mainz: Philipp von Zabern, 1974), pp. 188-189.

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

Pirzio Biroli Stefanelli, Lucia. La collezione Paoletti: Stampi in vetro per impronte di intagli e cammei (Roma: Gangemi, 2007), pp. 218, 387, no. III-136.

Zwierlein-Diehl, Erika. Antike Gemmen und ihr Nachleben. (Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 2007), pp. 121, 417.

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

Prioux, Évelyne. "Poetic Depictions of Ancient Dactyliothecae." In Museum Archetypes and Collecting in the Ancient World. M. W. Gahtan and D. Pegazzano, eds. Monumenta Graeca et Romana 21 (Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2014), p. 67.

Rambach, Hadrien J. "The Gem Collection of Prince Poniatowski." American Numismatic Society magazine 13, no. 2 (2014), p. 36n13.