Roman Fancy Engraved Starburst Bronze Ring AD300 Sz10 $199.99
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Size 10 Genuine Ancient Starburst Engraved Heavy Roman Bronze Ring 4th Century A.D.
CLASSIFICATION: Ancient Roman Bronze Ring with Engraved Bezel and Sculpted Bands.
ATTRIBUTION: Eastern Roman Empire (Thracia), 4th Century A.D.
SIZE/MEASUREMENTS: Fits ring size 10 (U.S.)
Bezel: 11mm (height) * 9mm (width) * 1 1/2mm (thickness).
Tapered Width Band: 8mm (at bezel) * 4mm to 5mm (at sides and back).
Diameter: 24mm * 22mm (outer diameter); 20 1/2mm * 19 1/2mm (inner diameter).
Weight: 4.43 grams.
CONDITION: Excellent! Completely intact, moderate wear consistent with use. Overall only moderately light porosity (surface pitting caused by contact with earth while buried), except for one "hot spot" corroded hole in band. Professionally conserved.
DETAIL: An exceptionally heavy, massively constructed, very well preserved bronze ring circa 4th century A.D. As you can see, the ring is very bold, handsome, and elegant in design. The "bezel" or face of the ring is engraved with a classical starburst design accentuated with hash marks on sculpted shouldered bands. Not a terribly uncommon theme for the time, but very well executed. Starburst themes of one variety or another were a very popular geometric design during the first few centuries A.D. This particular depiction is quite characteristic of the era except for rather uncommon crosshatched lines which connect the four arms of the starburst; forming a peripheral diamond border to the bezel's circumference. All of the engraving exhibits very fine workmanship, and is mostly intact - though it is obvious that the ring was worn in life. The ring is very heavily constructed and weighs several times as much as most similar rings of the era.
There is a very modest amount of wear evidenced. Though clearly it was worn in ancient times, the amount of wear is not excessive and is not discernible except upon close scrutiny. The extent of this wear is more evident on the bands than on the bezel. The ring possesses the gorgeous, medium tone so characteristic of ancient bronze. There is little porosity present in the bronze ring, fine surface pitting caused by prolonged burial in caustic soil. Fortunately the ring came to rest in very benign soil conditions. However there is one exception and that is where one side of the band evidently rested against a very corrosive element in the soil which over the centuries eventually perforated the ring. You can see a small hole burned through one side of the band toward the back. Other than this one spot, the ring's metal surfaces are in remarkable condition, little scarred by the trial of burial for almost two thousand years.
Rather than the crudely attached separate bezel, the ring possesses an integral bezel, the bezel and bands fashioned from a single piece of bronze. The result is a ring which is very modern and distinctive in appearance - a classic and timeless design. This is a very handsome artifact, eminently wearable, and a very exceptional piece of ancient jewelry, a memento of that ancient world which was Rome. The Romans were of course very fond of ornate personal jewelry including bracelets worn both on the forearm and upper arm, brooches, pendants, hair pins, earrings intricate fibulae and belt buckles, and of course, rings. This ring could easily be worn and enjoyed on a daily basis for many, many years to come.
HISTORY: One of the greatest civilizations of recorded history was the ancient Roman Empire. In exchange for a very modest amount of contemporary currency, you can possess a small part of that great civilization in the form of a 2,000 year old piece of jewelry. The Roman civilization, in relative terms the greatest military power in the history of the world, was founded in the 8th century (B.C.). In the 4th Century (B.C.) the Romans were the dominant power on the Italian Peninsula, having defeated the Etruscans and Celts. In the 3rd Century (B.C.) the Romans conquered Sicily, and in the following century defeated Carthage, and controlled the Greece. Throughout the remainder of the 2nd Century (B.C.) the Roman Empire continued its gradual conquest of the Hellenistic (Greek Colonial) World by conquering Syria and Macedonia; and finally came to control Egypt in the 1st Century (B.C.).
The pinnacle of Roman power was achieved in the 1st Century (A.D.) as Rome conquered much of Britain and Western Europe. For a brief time, the era of "Pax Romana", a time of peace and consolidation reigned. Civilian emperors were the rule, and the culture flourished with a great deal of liberty enjoyed by the average Roman Citizen. However within 200 years the Roman Empire was in a state of steady decay, attacked by Germans, Goths, and Persians. In the fourth century (A.D.) the Roman Empire was split between East and West. The Great Emperor Constantine temporarily arrested the decay of the Empire, but within a hundred years after his death the Persians captured Mesopotamia, Vandals infiltrated Gaul and Spain, and the Goths even sacked Rome itself. Most historians date the end of the Western Roman Empire to 476 (A.D.) when Emperor Romulus Augustus was deposed. However the Eastern Roman Empire (The Byzantine Empire) survived until the fall of Constantinople in 1453 A.D.
At its peak, the Roman Empire stretched from Britain in the West, throughout most of Western, Central, and Eastern Europe, and into Asia Minor. Valuables such as coins and jewelry were commonly buried for safekeeping, and inevitably these ancient citizens would succumb to one of the many perils of the ancient world. Oftentimes the survivors of these individuals did not know where the valuables had been buried, and today, two thousand years later caches of coins and rings are still commonly uncovered throughout Europe and Asia Minor. Roman Soldiers oftentimes came to possess large quantities of "booty" from their plunderous conquests, and routinely buried their treasure for safekeeping before they went into battle.
If they met their end in battle, most often the whereabouts of their treasure was likewise, unknown. Throughout history these treasures have been inadvertently discovered by farmers in their fields, uncovered by erosion, and the target of unsystematic searches by treasure seekers. With the introduction of metal detectors and other modern technologies to Eastern Europe in the past three or four decades, an amazing number of new finds are seeing the light of day two thousand or more years after they were originally hidden by their past owners. And with the liberalization of post-Soviet Eastern Europe, new markets have opened eager to share in these treasures of the Roman Empire.
These antiquities come from a number of collections which by and large originated here in Eastern Europe. As well, additional specimens are occasionally acquired from other institutions and dealers, principally in Eastern Europe and the Eastern Mediterranean. All of these artifacts are now in the United States and are available for immediate delivery via U.S. Mail. Proceeds of the sales benefit the Southern Urals State Student Association for Archaeological and Anthropological Studies in Russia; providing both postgraduate and undergraduate students with meaningful part-time employment, notebook computers, and both reference and study materials. It also supports other institutions and organizations within Russia involved in the study of anthropology and archaeology. All purchases are backed by an unlimited guarantee of satisfaction and authenticity. If for any reason you are not entirely satisfied with your purchase, you may return it for a complete and immediate refund of your entire purchase price.
SHIPPING: These antiquities come from a number of collections which by and large originated here in Eastern Europe. As well, additional specimens are occasionally acquired from other institutions and dealers, principally in Eastern Europe and the Eastern Mediterranean. All of these artifacts are now in the United States and are available for immediate delivery via U.S. Mail. All purchases are backed by an unlimited guarantee of satisfaction and authenticity. If for any reason you are not entirely satisfied with your purchase, you may return it for a complete and immediate refund of your entire purchase price. A certificate of authenticity (COA) is available upon request.
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