ashmolean

Finger Ring Collection

Browse Collection

179 of 436

First Ring

Previous Ring

Return to
Introduction

Return to
Gallery

Return to
All Online Collections

Next Ring

Last Ring

Click to hide image

Click to hide image

Ring

Greece

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