Lot 1145
Roman Snake Ring, Coptic Bone Carvings and Byzantine Bronze Cross
Lot Details & Additional Photographs
As follows: the ring likely from Roman Egypt, 2nd century A.D., fashioned to resemble a coiled snake with a flat head and rudimentary scales (1 in. diameter) (cleaned with some verdigris); the Coptic votive carvings, circa 600 A.D., being an anthropomorphic peg (2 in.) and a small rosette panel (.75 in.) (intact with age patina); the cross being the upper half of a reliquary, 10th-11th century, depicting the Virgin Mary in an attitude of prayer (3 1/8 x 3 7/8 in.) (smooth dark patina).

Estate of the late Millicent G. Diehl, Sanford, North Carolina

The ring and Coptic pieces were acquired from Ancient World Arts Ltd., New York City, February 12, 1991 and retain gallery COAs with the original invoice; the cross was acquired from Joel L. Malter, Ltd.. Encino, CA, March, 25, 1991 and comes with an invoice copy listing the piece.

$400 - 600