PROBABLY ROMAN, 1ST CENTURY C.E.
INTAGLIO WITH CERES
carnelian, in a later ring mount
ring size: W 1/2
Overall the condition of the stone is good with minor dirt and wear to the surface consistent with age. Standard surface abrasions to the upper plane. There is a loss to the inner moulding of the ring mount on the bottom left side. General wear to the ring mount and wax to the underside of the stone.
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.
NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."
Compare to a Roman gold and carnelian intaglio ring, circa 1st century C.E., sold at Christie's South Kensington, 25 October 2012, lot 182, and a Roman Carnelian intaglio ringstone with the Goddess Fortuna, circa 1st century C.E., lot 133 in the same sale.