Archaic gold rings

These are all of the Phoenician cartouche shape, usually in silver, often gilt, but fragile and hardly useful for sealing purposes. The common scheme, of presenting subjects in registers, is of Phoenician inspiration, as is much of the subject matter, with no little Greek as well. The style closely matches that of much other Etruscan orientalizing and 6th-century art of the period before the beginning of scarab production - notably wall and vase painting. The bezels are between 12 and 20mm long.

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Panels with a siren, hippocamp, winged lion with snake tail, a siren. Gold.

London, Rings no. 20. AFRings BI31.

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A fountain with lion-head spout attended by three figures, with a ape sitting on the fountain. Gold.

Paris, Louvre BJ 1075. AFRings BII2.

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A chariot drawn by a sphinx and stag. Gilt silver

Paris, Cab.Med. 2615. AFRings BII8.

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A winged horse and a sphinx. Gold.

London, Rings no. 23. AFRings BII36.

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In relief. A winged man between a sphinx and a lion. Gold.

Paris, Cab.Med. 2618. AFRings BIV10.

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