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Ring inset with intaglio representing Artemis

Object Details

Title:

Ring inset with intaglio representing Artemis

Artist/Maker:

Unknown

Culture:

Greek

Place:

Egypt (Place Created)

Date:

225–175 B.C.

Medium:

Gold and carnelian

Object Number:

92.AM.8.8

Dimensions:

4.1 × 2 × 0.5 cm (1 5/8 × 13/16 × 3/16 in.)

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Object Description

Shown leaning on a pillar, Artemis, the goddess of the hunt, is identified by the bow and quiver over her shoulder and the presence of the stag. Like a modern signet ring, the intaglio image of Artemis is engraved beneath the surface level of the carnelian stone and would yield an impression in relief. The stone is set into a solid gold bezel. Although the massive size of this ring is unusual for a Greek ring, such large rings were favored in Ptolemaic Egypt.

Provenance
Provenance
- 1990

Robin Symes (London, England), sold to Barbara and Lawrence Fleischman, 1990.

1990 - 1992

Barbara Fleischman and Lawrence Fleischman, American, 1925 - 1997 (New York, New York), sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1992.

Exhibitions
Exhibitions
A Passion for Antiquities: Ancient Art from the Collection of Barbara and Lawrence Fleischman (October 13, 1994 to April 23, 1995)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu), October 13, 1994 to January 15, 1995
  • The Cleveland Museum of Art (Cleveland), February 14 to April 23, 1995
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
Pergamon and the Art of the Hellenistic Kingdoms (April 11 to July 17, 2016)
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), April 11 to July 17, 2016
Bibliography
Bibliography

The J. Paul Getty Museum Handbook of the Collections. 4th ed. (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1997), pp. 56-57.

Pfrommer, Michael. Alexandria: Im Schatten der Pyramiden (Mainz: P. von Zabern, 1999), figs. 173a-b.

Pfrommer, Michael. "Hellenistisches Gold und ptolemaeische Herrscher." In Studia Varia from the J. Paul Getty Museum 2. Occasional Papers on Antiquities 10 (2001), pp. 79-114, figs. 5a-b.

The J. Paul Getty Museum Handbook of the Collections. 6th ed. (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2001), p. 56-57.

Pfrommer, Michael, with E. Towne Markus. Greek Gold from Hellenistic Egypt. Getty Museum Studies on Art (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2001).

The J. Paul Getty Museum Handbook of the Antiquities Collection (Los Angeles: 2002), pp. 92-93.

Pfrommer, Michael. Könignnen Vom Nil (Mainz am Rhein: von Zabern, 2002), p. 108, abb. 93.

Lapatin, Kenneth. Luxus: The Sumptuous Arts of Greece and Rome (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2015), pp. 75, 232, pl. 40.

Picon, Carlos, and Sean Hemmingway, eds. Pergamon and the Hellenistic Kingdoms of the Ancient World (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2016), pp. 225-227, no. 159i, ill., entry by Mary Louise Hart.