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Ring with oval gem with Philoctetes

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Iron ring, possibly gilded, with glass paste with three horizontal stripes imitating agate (green, blue, green). Intaglio. Glass paste set into large, slender circular hoop with oval bezel mounting and thickening shoulders. The hero Philoctetes advances with frontal torso, holding his circular...

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By date unknown: with Bernheimers' Antique Arts, 44 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA 02138; purchased by MFA from Bernheimers' Antique Arts, April 8, 1964

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour

Roman, Late Republican or Early Imperial Period, 1st century B.C.–1st century A.D.


Length: 13 x 11.68 mm (1/2 x 7/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Iron, glass paste


The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Rings