Amethyst ring stone with a bust of Dionysos

Period:
Early Imperial
Date:
1st–2nd century A.D.
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Amethyst
Dimensions:
Overall: 7/8 x 5/8in. (2.2 x 1.6cm)
Classification:
Gems
Credit Line:
Gift of Rupert L. Joseph, 1949
Accession Number:
49.21.1
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 166
The god of wine is depicted as an older man with a full beard and wearing a wreath of vine leaves
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1956[1920]. Catalogue of Engraved Gems of the Classical Style: Greek Etruscan, and Roman. no. 322, pp. 76-77, pl. 43, Rome: L'Erma di Bretschneider.

Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae (LIMC). 1986. Vol. 3: Atherion-Eros. "Dionysos," pp. 441–42, no. 166, pl. 314, Zürich: Artemis Verlag.

Mattusch, Carol. 1994. "Bronze Herm of Dionysus." Das Wrack: der antike Schiffsfund von Mahdia, Gisela Hellenkemper Salies, ed. p. 439 n. 28, Köln: Rheinland-Verlag.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 2006[1920]. Catalogue of Engraved Gems of the Classical Style: Greek Etruscan, and Roman, 2nd edn. no. 322, pp. 76-77, pl. 43, Rome: L'Erma di Bretschneider.