Rare Hephthalite gold ring

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with flat D-shaped shank and flared elliptical bezel

A large gold granule fused to the upper edge of the bezel raised from the shoulder on a stack of 3 smaller granules, a style abstracted from Sasanian archer's rings. Bezel set with a carnelian deeply cut intaglio of a male portrait head in left profile, moustached, wearing a large earring.

6th - 7th Centuries AD

Ring Size: 8 - 8.5


Acquired from a British collector in May, 2000.







Antiquarium Ltd.; Ancient Treasures (New York, 2003) p.37

Antiquarium, Ltd. & Susan Ollemans; Ancient Rings from Near to Far East. New York, 

11 – 16th September 2017  





Zwierlein-Diehl, Erica ; Die Antiken Gemmen des Kunsthitorisches Museums in Wien. Bd.3: Die Gemmen der späteren römischen Kaiserzeit, Masken ... Nachträge (Munich, 1991) pls.119, 121