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Roman Empire

3rd century A.D.

Heavy gold ring, the bezel set with a cornelian intaglio depicting an ant, the familiar of the corn-goddess Ceres, keeled hoop and triangular shoulders channeled to look like two sprays of acanthus

17.5 mm internal ring diameter; 20.6 g weight

Presented by Dr C.D.E. Fortnum in honour of Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee, 1897; ANFortnum.179

Taylor & Scarisbrick, Finger Rings from Ancient Egypt to the present day, 1978, no. 155