- Identification and Creation
- Object Number
- Finger Ring Engraved with the Portrait of a Woman
- Other Titles
- Former Title: Finger Ring with Human Head in Intaglio
- Work Type
- 3rd century BCE
- Creation Place: Ancient & Byzantine World, Africa, Egypt (Ancient)
- Hellenistic period
- Persistent Link
- Physical Descriptions
- Copper alloy
- Cast, lost-wax process
- 2.2 x 1.8 x 2.3 cm (7/8 x 11/16 x 7/8 in.)
- Technical Details
Technical Observations: 1986.542 is intact, although much of the surface detail of the intaglio design is softened from corrosion and wear.
All four rings have lost some detail from corrosion and wear, with 1986.541 showing considerable loss of detail. All are broken at the points where the front meets the ring. 1986.543 has no ring. 1986.541 has a modern lead repair, perhaps with the original ring, and 1953.83 also has a modern lead repair with what appears to be a section of a modern ring.
The rings appear to be cast with no clear evidence of cold work in the relief decoration. The relief on 1986.543 is slightly higher than the other two relief rings; 1986.542 is carved in intaglio.
Henry Lie (submitted 2001)
- Acquisition and Rights
- Credit Line
- Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Gift of Jonathan H. Kagan
- Accession Year
- Object Number
- Asian and Mediterranean Art
Published Catalogue Text: Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Bronzes at the Harvard Art Museums
The ring is in the form of a plain hoop, rounded on the exterior, with a flat bezel of oval shape. Deeply engraved in the bezel is a portrait bust of a woman wearing a diadem on her head. A similar portrait on a chalcedony gem in the Cabinet des Medailles, Paris, has been identified as Arsinoe III Philopator (1).
1. See D. Plantzos, Hellenistic Engraved Gems (Oxford, 1999) 114, no. 34, pl. 6.
- Subjects and Contexts
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