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Extraordinary massive later Sasanian gold ring

With biconical elliptical bezel set with a domed cabochon claret garnet intaglio of a Lioness walking left, Venus and a crescent moon above.

Venus in the crescent moon was observed at the time of the harvest, and construed as a sign of bounty and prosperity.

6th - 7th Centuries AD

Ring Size: 7 - 7.5

 

Acquired from a European collector in July, 1998.

 

 

 

# rn2441ne

 

Published: 

Antiquarium Ltd.; Ancient Treasures II (New York, 2004) p.38

Antiquarium, Ltd. & Susan Ollemans; Ancient Rings from Near to Far East. New York, 

11 – 16th September 2017