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Ring inset with cameo depicting a hand pinching an earlobe - ROM2010_11689_53


Ring inset with cameo depicting a hand pinching an earlobe

Medium:Gold with onyx
Geography: Mediterranean region
Date: c. 200 AD
Period: Roman Imperial period
1.6 cm
Object number: 2004.145.3
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

The onyx cameo in this ring, white on dark blue, depicts a hand pinching an earlobe with thumb and forefinger. A Greek inscription is engraved in the field around the fingers that reads:  MNHMONEYE (Remember).

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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