A hardstone gryllus cameo ring,
Lot 12Y
A hardstone gryllus cameo ring,
Sold for £2,640 (US$ 4,437) inc. premium
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A hardstone gryllus cameo ring, first half of the 19th century
The rotating circular plaque finely carved to depict Minerva, Zeus and a Saracen, all connected at the centre by a Ram's head, an attribute of Mercury, the protector of flocks, ring size J½

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  • A gryllus is a group of cojoined heads carved as a cameo. The name derives from the Latin meaning caricature. Grylli cameos are usually fanciful combinations of beasts and humans, often with mythologcial associations, believed to protect the wearer from harm.
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