Roman Sculpted Diamond Engraved Bronze Ring Sz8 AD350 $149.99 - SOLD
Size 8 Genuine Ancient Sculpted Diamond Shaped Engraved Roman Bronze Ring 300-400 A.D.
CLASSIFICATION: Ancient Roman Bronze Ring with Engraved Diamond Shaped Bezel.
ATTRIBUTION: Eastern Roman Empire (Dacia), Fourth Century A.D.
SIZE/MEASUREMENTS: Fits ring size 8 (U.S.).
Bezel: 11 1/2mm (length) * 11 1/2mm (breadth).
Tapered Width Band: 7mm (at bezel) * 4 1/2mm (at sides) * 3mm (at back).
Diameter: 21mm (outer diameter); 19mm (inner diameter).
Weight: 2.30 grams.
CONDITION: Very good! Completely intact, moderate wear, moderately light porosity (surface pitting caused by contact with earth while buried). Professionally conserved.
DETAIL: An especially well crafted and well preserved ancient Roman bronze ring circa 300-400 A.D. As you can see, the design is simple, but elegant. The "bezel" or center part of this ring is in an elegant diamond shape. The center of this diamond-shaped bezel is a raised, sculpted diamond. So you have a raised diamond center atop a diamond shaped bezel:and the raised sculpted diamond shaped center is bordered by a bunch dot diamond-shaped perimeter. So you have a diamond shaped sculpted raised center land within an engraved/punch dot diamond, atop a diamond shaped bezel. It is a handsome design, one quite popular for the era and region. The ring was obviously considerably worn during someone's lifetime almost two thousand years ago. The obvious consequence was that the engraved design and center raised land is worn down a bit.
However keep in mind that the ring was produced by some unknown ancient artisan with the idea that once produced he would sell it for a profit, and the buyer would gain some enjoyment by wearing it - and according to the evidence we have here, that's exactly what happened. So rather than the wear being regarded as a detriment, it should be regarded instead as an affirmation of the ring's authenticity. There is as well a moderately light amount of porosity (light pitting, oxidation, corrosion - caused by extended burial and soil contact). However most small ancient metal artifacts such as jewelry are often extensively corroded and disfigured by the trial of burial for millennia. Fortunately this artifact happened to come to rest in fairly benign soil, so the very fine porosity is something which is not noticed by the casual viewer. To close scrutiny of course, such as these photo enlargements, the evidence that this artifact was buried for millennia is unmistakable. However again, this is not so much to the artifact's detriment as it is a testament to its age. To the eye of the casual viewer, the metal surfaces are quite pleasing and still glow with the rich, dark, almost golden glow of ancient bronze.
The ring is well constructed, entirely intact, and quite handsome. It was not constructed using the more primitive technique employing a separately crafted and band which were then subsequently brazed to one another as was so common for Roman rings of this era. Rather the "bezel" is an integral part of the band itself, a one-piece style in the fashion of how modern rings are constructed. The result is a ring which is very modern and distinctive in appearance - a classically timeless design. Other than the afore-described wear and moderately light porosity, this ring is in a very good state of preservation and has been professionally conserved. This is an exceptional piece of Roman jewelry, a very handsome artifact, and eminently wearable.
The Romans were of course very fond of jewelry, oftentimes wearing a ring on each finger - and sometimes even on both the second and third joint of each finger. They also had a fondness for many other forms of personal jewelry including bracelets worn both on the forearm and upper arm, belt buckles, chains, pendants, earrings, hair pins, and brooches. This ring could easily be worn and enjoyed on a daily basis, an evocative authentic "souvenir" of the glory and grandeur which was the Roman Empire, the greatest military power, and one of the most advanced civilizations of the ancient world. Almost two thousand years after it was originally produced, it could still bring its next owner many decades of wearing enjoyment.
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 4th 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 AD.
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 years or more 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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