A GREEK GOLD BOX-BEZEL RING WITH GRIFFIN
Please refer to our stock # G.1 when inquiring.
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)
Worldwide Shipping and Certificate of Authenticity Included in Price.
D. Williams and J. Ogden, “Greek Gold: Jewellery of the Classical World” (London, 1994)