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Gold ring

Period:
Late Classical or Hellenistic
Date:
late 4th or early 3rd century B.C.
Culture:
Etruscan
Medium:
Gold
Dimensions:
Diam.: 1 1/4 in. (3.2 cm)
Classification:
Gold and Silver
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1903
Accession Number:
03.24.34
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 170
This large gold ring is one of 43 objects in the museum's collection from a single tomb discovered near Bolsena, north of Rome. While the ring no longer has the gem that once filled its sizeable ovoid bezel, it is inscribed on either side with the Etruscan word SUTHINA, indicating that this object was dedicated as a tomb offering. The words were not etched into the ring but rather were formed by a series of small, discrete punched dots. This item of jewelry, along with a number of the other objects in the tomb, probably belonged to the deceased in life and was then marked accordingly upon his or her death.
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1915. Greek, Etruscan and Roman Bronzes. p. 182, New York: Gilliss Press.

Fontaine, Paul. 1995. "A propos des inscriptions suthina sur la vaisselle métallique étrusque." Revue des études Anciennes, 97: pp. 206 n. 30, 207.

de Puma, Richard Daniel. 2013. Etruscan Art in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. no. 6.39, pp. 190, 199-200, New Haven and London: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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