Roman: heroes and divinities

39

Cornelian ringstone, shape F1.

15x10.5x2.5.

Aphrodite, naked but for dress the end of which she holds in one hand, twisted around her arm and shoulder, to fall behind her back and over the front of her near thigh (not altogether logically). She wears an earring. Before her on the ground a scroll or quiver. Behind her Eros skips forward holding up a small thyrsos with ribbons. Ground line.

1st cent. BC.

Gem image

40

Red jasper ringstone, shape F1.

12.5x9x1.5.

Apollo (?), wreathed and naked, seizes in his arms the near-naked body of a woman. Ground line.

1st cent. BC/AD.

Gem image

41

Cornelian ringstone, shape F1.

10.5x9x2

Bust of Asklepios seen from three-quarters back, his hair bound and holding a staff with a snake curled around it.

1st cent. BC/AD.

Gem image

42

Mottled pale green jasper ringstone, shape A1.

11x9x4.

Dea Roma seated on a throne (?) leaning against a shield (the inside shown?) under which is a corselet. She holds a shield, wears a helmet and corslet with dress across it, and on her outstretched hand the figure of Nike holding a staff and a wreath towards her. Ground line.

1st/2nd cent. AD.

Gem image

43

Cornelian ringstone, shape F1.

27x21x3.5

Head of Athena. A snake rides from the front of the crown of the Corinthian helmet on which is figured a horseman; long hair knotted at the neck, and dress.

1st cent. BC/AD.

Gem image

44

Garnet ringstone, shape C3.

7.5x6x3

Head of Athena? Long hair, the helmet without cheekpiece.

1st cent. BC.

Gem image

45

Cornelian ringstone, shape F1.

15x11x2.5.

Eros steps forward playing pipes.

1st cent. BC.

Gem image

46

Cornelian ringstone, shape F1.

13x11x3

Head of Herakles, wreathed.

1st cent. BC/AD.

Gem image

47

Cornelian ringstone.

11.5x9x3.

Hermes, wearing winged petasos, winged boots and chlamys, steps forward holding a caduceus and a child on his outstretched arm. Ground line. The child might be Dionysos or Achilles.

1st/2nd cent. AD.

Gem image

48

Agate ringstone, set in gold, shape F.

18.5x17

Head of Medusa.

1st cent. BC/AD.

Gem image

49

Cornelian ringstone, shape C7.

10x8.5x3

Head of Medusa.

1st/2nd cent. AD.

Gem image

50

Cornelian ringstone, shape F1.

12(broken)x12x2.5

Head of Medusa.

On the type, Wagner/Boardman, no. 652.

19th cent. AD.

Gem image

51

Nicolo, cut in th deep blue band, ringstone, shape F2.

13x10x3.

Menelaos wearing a helmet and short cloak and carrying shield, spear and scabbard, supports the collapsing body of naked Patroklos. Ground line.

2nd/1st cent. BC.

Gem image

52

Amethyst ringstone, shape B3.

16.5x14x4.

Nike frontal, wearing a peplos which flies away from her feet. She stands on a globe, and holds a wreath and a rectangular standard (vexillum) slung on a pole.

The type may celebrate a victory (Actium?).

1st cent. BC.

Gem image

53

Onyx ringstone, shape C8.

16.5x10x4.

Nike in a belted chiton steps forward rasing a wreath and shouldering a palm branch. Ground line.

2nd/1st cent. BC.

Gem image

54

Cornelian ringstone, trimmed all round, shape F1.

22x15x3.

Omphale, naked but for Herakles' lionskin which she wears around her shoulders and his club over her shoulder.

1st cent. BC/AD.

Gem image

55

Nicolo ringstone, shape F4.

15x13x3.

Perseus, naked, holding behind his back the head of Medusa wrapped in a cloth, and before him his sickle-sword. Short ground line.

1st cent. AD.

Gem image

56

Cornelian ringstone, shape F1.

19x14x3.

Romulus and Remus suckled by the wolf, beneath a tree. Ground line.

1st cent. BC.

Gem image

57

Pale blue chalcedony ringstone, shape C1.

12x10x5

Bust of Selene, dressed and wearing a peaked diadem, a crescent moon over her. Below, a shrimp.

1st cent. BC/AD.

Gem image

58

Red jasper ringstone, shape F6.

13x10x2.5.

The Muse Terpsichore seen from behind, naked but for dress around her shoulders, holding a lyre, on tiptoe. Inscribed in Greek: TERPSICHORE. Short ground line.

The pose is that of a dancing maenad.

1st cent. AD.

Gem image

59

Pale cornelian ringstone, shape F2.

Thetis carried by a young Triton over waves. She wears her dress around her legs and holds a shield with gorgoneion blazon, new armour for her son Achilles.

1st. cent. BC.

Gem image

60

Prase? ringstone, shape B1.

13x10x6

Head of Zeus.

2nd/1st cent. BC.

Gem image

61

Cornelian ringstone, shape F1.

13x11x3

Head of Zeus Ammon.

2nd/1st cent. BC.

Gem image