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Gold ring with carnelian intaglio: Head of Jupiter Ammon

Period:
Late Imperial
Date:
3rd century A.D.
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Carnelian, gold
Dimensions:
H.: 2 1/16 x 1 1/4 in. (5.3 x 3.1 cm)
Classification:
Gems
Credit Line:
Gift of John Taylor Johnston, 1881
Accession Number:
81.6.55
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 169
The intaglio portrays the horned and bearded head of Zeus Ammon, a conflation of the chief divinities of ancient Greece and Egypt. His oracular temple at the Siwa oasis in the Libyan desert was most famously visited by Alexander the Great in 331 B.C., but it continued to be consulted well into Roman times.
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1920. Catalogue of Engraved Gems of the Classical Style. no. 126, p. 94, pl. 34, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1956[1920]. Catalogue of Engraved Gems of the Classical Style: Greek Etruscan, and Roman. no. 261, p. 66, pl. 38, Rome: L'Erma di Bretschneider.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 2006[1920]. Catalogue of Engraved Gems of the Classical Style: Greek Etruscan, and Roman, 2nd edn. no. 261, p. 66, pl. 38, Rome: L'Erma di Bretschneider.

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