Gold ring with carnelian intaglio
- Late Imperial
- 3rd century A.D.
- Carnelian, gold
- H.: 1 1/4 x 3/4 in. (3.2 x 1.9 cm)
- Credit Line:
- Bequest of Rupert L. Joseph, 1960
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The massive cast hoop of the ring is typical of late Roman jewelry. The intaglio is inscribed with the Latin names DERISOR and LEUKADIA, and the scene may represent a trainer with a bear. Performing bears were a common sight in the Balkans and Anatolia until recent times.