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Ring

Date:
4th century B.C.
Culture:
Celtic
Medium:
Gold
Dimensions:
Overall: 1 x 1 x 1 in., 0.033lb. (2.6 x 2.5 x 2.6 cm, 15.2g)
Classification:
Metalwork-Gold
Credit Line:
Gift of Josef and Brigitte Hatzenbuehler, 2009
Accession Number:
2009.532.1
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 301
These rings evoke the splendor of the Celts and their love of personal adornment. The upper ring is one of the most lavish surviving examples. The rams’ heads are similar to those on the great gold neck ring from Frasnes-lez Buissenal also exhibited in this case. The two smaller rings present a combination of tendril motifs, some echoing symmetrical designs that appear to be abstractions of a face.
Karl Albrecht Frickhinger, Munich (from 1960s-1988); [ The Daphne Collection Inc., Liechtenstein and Seychelles (from 1988)]; [ Wolfgang Wilhelm, Germany (sold 2006)]; Josef Hatzenbuehler, Houston (2006-2009);

The work was donated to The Metropolitan Museum of Art by Joseph Hatzenbuehler, Houston, Texas, in 2009. Mr. Hatzenbuehler acquired the ring in 2006 from Wolfgang Wilhelm, a dealer or agent in Germany. The seller to Mr. Wilhelm was the Daphne Collection Inc., Liechtenstein and Seychelles, which provided a written statement stating that it had owned the ring since 1988, and purchased it from Karl Albrecht Frickhinger of Germany (b. 1924- d. 2003), a fossil specialist, publisher, archaeologist, who had acquired the work in Czechoslovakia in the late 1960s.
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