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Ring with oval gem with bust of Socrates

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Roman heavy gold ring of the Augustan period, set with engraved gem depicting a bust of Socrates (the Lysippic type). His drapery is visible on his left shoulder. Forehead chipped.


By date unknown: with André Emmerich, c/o André Emmerich Gallery, Inc., 41 East 57th Street, New York, N.Y. 10022; June 1, 1966: partial gift of André Emmerich and partial purchase from André Emmerich Gallery, Inc.

Credit Line

Helen and Alice Colburn Fund and Gift of André Emmerich

Roman, Early Imperial Period, late 1st century B.C.


Diameter (max.): 2 cm (13/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Gold and green chalcedony


The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Rings