Extraordinary massive later Sasanian gold ring
Indo-Pakistan region.With biconical elliptical bezel set with a domed cabochon claret garnet intaglio of a Lioness walking left, Venus and a crescent moon above.Venus in the crescent moon was observed at the time of the harvest, and construed as a sign of bounty and prosperity.
6th - 7th Centuries AD
Height: 32 mm. (1 1/4 in.)
Width: 26 mm (1 in.)
U.S. ring size: 7-7.5
Acquired from a European collector in July, 1998.
Published: Antiquarium Ltd.; Ancient Treasures II. (New York, 2004) p.38
Comparanda:Bivar, A.D.H.; Catalogue of the Western Asiatic seals in the British Museum. v.2, pt.2: Stamp Seals. The Sassanian Dynasty (London, 1969) p.72, pl.10 nos. DE 1-6