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CNG 103, Lot: 1279. Estimate $500.
Sold for $1100. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

Gold finger ring with hardstone intaglio. Roman, 2nd-4th centuries AD. Thin gold band has granules at the point where it meets the rectangular shield. Shield set with an black hardstone intaglio with beveled edges, its face engraved AΛEΞANΔPO around a standing figure of winged Eros, holding winged serpent and torch. The inscription around the beveled edge is obscured by a crack running along two sides, but it possibly the same as on the face, albeit with a final “C.” Maximum interior diameter: 16mm; weight: 5.37g. Light earthen deposits. Stone cracked but in stable condition.

From the collection of the Hadji Baba Museum, Old City, Jerusalem, Israel.