Roman Gold Ring With Profile of an Empress, Possibly Plotina
Lot Details & Additional Photographs
2nd century A.D., the ring consisting of an imperial lady's profile with bound hair mounted to pointed convex hoop. Imperial coin portraits of Plotina, wife of the emperor Trajan (98-117 A.D.), generally depict the empress wearing a long plait reaching the back of her neck. Plotina's coin portraits of the Greek East, however, often resemble the subject of this ring.
Band interior approximately 13mm
Sotheby's "Egyptian, Greek, Etruscan, Roman and Western Asiatic Antiquities and Islamic Works of Art" (New York), June 15, 1988, Lot 361; included are the ring's original invoice plus copies of the auction catalogue's title page, descriptive listing and photo plate.
No apparent condition concerns.
$500 - 1,000