Hellenistic (second half 3rd century early 2nd century B.C.)
Gold ring, the large oval bezel enclosing a convex garnet intaglio depicting the flaying of Marsyas
15.6 mm internal ring diameter; 8.5 g weight
Presented by Dr C.D.E. Fortnum in honour of Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee, 1897; ANFortnumFR.135
The flaying of Marsyas on Apollo's command was a popular theme in the Seleucid and Ptolemaic times following the usurper Achaios's identical punishment under the rule of Antiochus III (r. 222 187 B.C.).
Taylor & Scarisbrick, Finger Rings from Ancient Egypt to the present day, 1978, no. 89