greek gold ring

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Greek Olbian Gold Seal Ring, 7th-5th Century BC

With a locust motif; inset carnelian panel with intaglio motif of a cockerel standing on an ear of wheat with a mouse in its beak.

The ring was used as a seal matrix for sealing amphorae of wheat (hence the ear of wheat symbol) with its purity and freedom from contamination symbolized by the cockerel and the dead mouse. The locust is the seal of a ceramic manufacturing house.

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Ancient Greek gold bezel box ring depicting Bellerophon astride Pegasus, slaying the Chimera. Found in Southern Italy, the ring dates to 340-320 BCE and is currently located in the J. Paul Getty Museum. The image on the left has been edited slightly by me.

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On the left, an Ancient Greek gold and carnelian finger ring with an intaglio of a bull, dated to the 4th century BCE. On the right, a gold Hellenistic snake ring, dated to the first century BCE. Both images were found on Christie’s.