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Gold and cabochon garnet ring

2nd–1st century B.C.
Gold and cabochon garnet
Overall: 1 1/16 x 15/16 x 1 3/8 in. (2.7 x 2.4 x 3.5 cm)
Gold and Silver
Credit Line:
Purchase, Patricia and Marietta Fried Gift, 2005
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 163
The size of the hexagonal bezel, set with a plain but impressively large oval garnet, combined with the fact that another smaller garnet is set in a circular bezel at the center of the hoop at rear, suggests that one was meant to wear this ring on the thumb. This interpretation is confirmed by the presence of the hinge mechanism on the hoop, which allowed the ring to be fitted securely onto the thumb below the knuckle. The piece is a striking example of the extravagant and ostentatious lifestyle of the rich in the Hellenistic world.
Lightfoot, Christopher S. 2006. "Recent Acquisitions, A Selection: 2005-2006." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, 64(2): pp. 8-9.

Metropolitan Museum of Art. 2006. "One Hundred Thirty-sixth Annual Report of the Trustees for the Fiscal Year July 1, 2005 through June 30, 2006." Annual Report of the Trustees of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 136: p. 28.

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