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).
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