Ring inset with intaglio of goddess Fortuna - ROM2011_12102_11


Ring inset with intaglio of goddess Fortuna

Medium:Gold with engraved sardonyx
Geography: Mediterranean region
Date: c. 100-200 AD
Period: Roman Imperial period
1.5 cm
Object number: 2004.145.2
Credit Line: Gift of Michael Richards;Certified by the Canadian Cultural Property Export Review Board under the terms of the Cultural Property Export and Import Act. Attestée par la Commission canadienne d'examen des exportations de biens culturels en vertu de la Loi sur l'exportation et l'importation de biens culturels.
On view
Gallery Location:Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Gallery of Rome and the Near East

Round on the outside and flat on the inside, the hoop of this ring widens at the shoulders as it forms the bezel, which is inset with a sardonyx gem (white on brown) engraved with an image of Fortuna.

During the Republic, Romans shunned the opulent display of jewellery. Years later, as the Empire was established, vast amounts of gold and a wide array of luxury items poured into Rome from Greece, Asia Minor, and Egypt. Taste now changed, and it became fashionable to wear sumptuous jewellery. At first, the citizens of Imperial Rome preferred jewellery that exhibited very fine workmanship. But by the 2nd century AD, they favoured eye-catching ornaments made from thin sheet gold, and richly embellished with coloured stones and polychrome glass-paste settings.

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