- Identification and Creation
- Object Number
- Other Titles
- Alternate Title: Ring (from the Heraion, near Argos)
- Work Type
- 9th-5th century BCE
- Creation Place: Ancient & Byzantine World, Europe, Argolis, Heraion (Argolis)
- Geometric period to Classical
- Persistent Link
- Physical Descriptions
- Copper alloy
- Cast, lost-wax process
- diam. 2.3 x w. 0.9 x th. 0.3 cm (7/8 x 3/8 x 1/8 in.)
- Technical Details
Technical Observations: The patina is green with areas of red. The ring is partially mineralized. The surface is preserved in some areas, although small chips are lost from the edge.
The outer surface is a gentle curve, while the inner surface is relatively straight. The edges are slightly rounded. These shapes are consistent with the practical needs of finger ring designs. Despite chip losses at the edge, it appears that one side of the ring is slightly lower than the other, which could assist in orienting the ring on the finger. There is no indication of surface decoration. The object could have been cast, but there is no clear evidence to support this.
Henry Lie (submitted 2002)
- Acquisition and Rights
- Credit Line
- Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Gift of Professor C.E. Norton and Richard Norton
- Accession Year
- Object Number
- Asian and Mediterranean Art
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Published Catalogue Text: Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Bronzes at the Harvard Art Museums
The ring consists of a plain band that is slightly convex on the exterior and narrows in one area of the circumference. The size suggests that it is a finger ring, but another function cannot be excluded (1).
1. H. F. de Cou, “The Bronzes of the Argive Heraeum,” in The Argive Heraeum 2, ed. C. Waldstein (Boston, 1905) 191-332, esp. 251-60, nos. 975-1524 (Type C), pls. 90-91.
- Subjects and Contexts
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