Rare Hephthalite gold ring 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
U.S. ring size: 8-8.5
Acquired from a British collector in May, 2000.
Published: Antiquarium Ltd.; Ancient Treasures. (New York, 2003) p.37