A GREEK GOLD BOX-BEZEL RING WITH GRIFFIN

A GREEK GOLD BOX-BEZEL RING WITH GRIFFIN


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Ancient World: Greek: Pre AD 1000: Item # 1275018

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c. 5th-4th Century BC

An exquisite example of Greek goldsmithing prowess this ring is decorated using a variety of metalworking techniques. Mounted on a simple gold ring, the box-bezel is free to rotate and thus can be worn with either side up. On the obverse of the bezel is a chased Classical griffin with DAMO incised in the field. This is most likely an abbreviated version of the Doric Greek, DAMOU, meaning “of the people”. On the reverse a simple rosette is rendered in filigree work. Filigree is also present on the sides of the box in a series of repeating double spirals.

Although most likely produced for a man due to the large size of the ring, it could also easily be worn as a pendant.

US Ring Size 11; Weight: 13.49g

Similar examples found in The British Museum (Accession number GR 1866.5-4.57)

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D. Williams and J. Ogden, “Greek Gold: Jewellery of the Classical World” (London, 1994)