Carnelian ring stone

Period: Imperial

Date: ca. 1st –3rd century A.D.

Culture: Roman

Medium: Carnelian

Dimensions: Length: 1/2 in. (1.2 cm)

Classification: Gems

Credit Line: Gift of John Taylor Johnston, 1881

Accession Number: 81.6.48


A bearded man in a Greek himation is seated before a female bust mounted on a pillar. He lightly holds a brush in his right hand with which he paints the hair of the sculpture. His left hand holds what appears to be a palette. This ringstone may well have belonged to an artist with an expertise in the painting of sculptures.