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Hellenistic (mid to late 3rd century B.C.)

Gold ring, the large oval bezel enclosing a convex garnet intaglio depicting Apollo Musagetes, leader of the Muses, full length with lyre and plectrum

16 mm internal ring diameter; 20.9 g weight

Presented by Dr C.D.E. Fortnum in honour of Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee, 1897; ANFortnumFR.130

Apollo was the symbol of the Seleucid dynasty, to which this ring belongs.

Taylor & Scarisbrick, Finger Rings from Ancient Egypt to the present day, 1978, no. 92