A Roman intaglio of Dionysus
Lot 195
A Roman carnelian intaglio of Dionysus
Sold for £3,750 (US$ 6,303) inc. premium
Auction Details
A Roman intaglio of Dionysus
Lot Details
A Roman carnelian intaglio of Dionysus
Late Hellenistic - Early Roman, circa 1st Century B.C/A.D.
Of oval form, deeply engraved with the head of Dionysus, facing three-quarters to his right, the hair garlanded with ivy leaves, the ring ¼in (0.6cm) diam, the intaglio 23mm long, set in a later Georgian gold ring

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  • Provenance:
    English private collection, acquired by the Rev. Abel John Ram of Clonatin, Rector of Rolleston, Burton-on-Trent, County Stafford, Canon of Rochester Cathedral, before 1877. Thence by descent.
    Accompanied by the Reverend's memorandum of wishes dated 21 June 1877 where the ring is mentioned.

    Literature:
    For a similar intaglio of Dionysus cf. J. Boardman, D. Scarisbrick, C Wagner, E Zwierlein-Diehl, The Marlborough Gems. Formerly at Blenheim Palace, 2009, Marlborough gem no. 333.
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