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Identification and Creation

Object Number
Other Titles
Former Title: Finger Ring
Work Type
8th-6th century BCE
Creation Place: Ancient & Byzantine World, Europe, Etruria
Orientalizing period
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Physical Descriptions

Copper alloy
Cast, lost-wax process
0.8 x 3 cm (5/16 x 1 3/16 in.)
Technical Details

Technical Observations: The patina is green with areas of red and brown. Several areas of the surface perfectly preserve the original condition of the metal. Surface loss to considerable depth has occurred in other areas.

The ring is a solid cast from a wax model. The perfectly uniform shape and the precise, raised band on the outer edge point to the use of a mold to make the model. The raised band is 1.5 mm wide and 0.3 mm high. Some areas show wear.

Henry Lie (submitted 2012)


Recorded Ownership History
The Alice Corinne McDaniel Collection, Department of the Classics, Harvard University (before 1970-2012), transfer; to the Harvard Art Museums, 2012.

Acquisition and Rights

Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Transfer from the Alice Corinne McDaniel Collection, Department of the Classics, Harvard University
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Asian and Mediterranean Art

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Published Catalogue Text: Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Bronzes at the Harvard Art Museums
The surface of this thick ring retains a polished finish. A raised ridge decorates the entire circumference of the exterior. The shape is slightly irregular.

The diameter and thickness of this ring preclude it having been worn as a finger ring. Rings of similar size and thickness were sometimes worn on fibulae as decoration (1).


1. See F. Jurgeit, Die etruskischen und italischen Bronzen sowie Gegenstände aus Eisen, Blei, und Leder im Badischen Landesmuseum Karlsruhe, Terra Italia 5 (Pisa, 1999) 609, nos. 1054-56, pl. 282. For two fibulae joined by chains with two amber rings on the larger fibula that are similar to the Harvard copper alloy ring, see J. M. Turfa, Catalogue of the Etruscan Gallery of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (Philadelphia, 2005) 88-89, no. 11.

Lisa M. Anderson

Publication History

  • John Crawford, Sidney Goldstein, George M. A. Hanfmann, John Kroll, Judith Lerner, Miranda Marvin, Charlotte Moore, and Duane Roller, Objects of Ancient Daily Life. A Catalogue of the Alice Corinne McDaniel Collection Belonging to the Department of the Classics, Harvard University, ed. Jane Waldbaum, Department of the Classics (unpublished manuscript, 1970), M33, p. 165 [J. S. Crawford]

Subjects and Contexts

  • Ancient Bronzes

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