The J. Paul Getty Museum

Ring

Object Details

Title:

Ring

Artist/Maker:

Unknown

Culture:

Roman

Place:

Roman Empire (Place Created)

Date:

about A.D. 379–395

Medium:

Gold, mother-of-pearl

Object Number:

83.AM.228.5

Dimensions:

3 × 2.8 cm (1 3/16 × 1 1/16 in.)

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Object Description

A piece of mother-of-pearl decorates this Late Roman ring. The round bezel is surrounded by a collar-like flange, which is ridged on its upper surface. Triangles composed of beads of gold granulation cover the join of the bezel and the shank or hoop of the ring. Elaborate beaded joins become popular in the late 300s A.D. The flat, slightly curved form of the shank is somewhat unusual, since Late Roman rings usually have a round or filigreed shank. This ring and the others from the hoard are all about the same size and appear to come from one workshop.

Provenance
Provenance
- 1983

Robin Symes, Limited, founded 1977, dissolved 2005 (London, England), sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1983.

Exhibitions
Exhibitions
The Screw Between Power and Splendor (April 8 to October 29, 1995)
  • Museum Würth (Künzelsau), April 8 to July 16, 1995
  • Archäologisches Landesmuseum Baden-Württemberg (Stuttgart), July 30 to October 29, 1995
Bibliography
Bibliography

Deppert-Lippitz, Barbara. "A Group of Late Antique Jewelry in the Getty Museum," Studia Varia from the J. Paul Getty Museum 1. Occasional Papers on Antiquities 8 (1993), pp. 107-140, p. 123, no. 7c; figs. 18a-c.

Würth, Reinhold and Deppert-Lippitz, Barbara, eds. Die Schraube zwischen Macht und Pracht. Das Gewinde in der Antike. Exh. cat. (Sigmaringen: Thorbecke, 1995), 164, no. E.1.