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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
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 169
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.
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