ANCIENT CARNELIAN INTAGLIO SEAL MOUNTED IN A 18 KT GOLD RING
RARE ANCIENT INTAGLIO SEAL MOUNTED IN AN ANTIQUE LARGE RING. REALIZED IN A CUSTOM HAND MADE 18 KARAT YELLOW GOLD MOUNTING. FEATURING A DARK REDDISH ORANGE TRANSLUCENT CARNELIAN CHALCEDONY GEM PIECE, CARVED WITH VERY EXCEPTIONAL AND WELL DETAILED IMAGE OF A MALE RAM WITH HIS LARGE HORNS RAISING AND HIS HEAD UP, LOOKING TO THE SKIES.
THE RING IS AN ANTIQUE JEWELRY PIECE MADE IN THE GREAT BRITAIN, WAS PURCHASED IN THE LONDON MARKET 30 YEARS AGO. WE ARE NOT SURE ABOUT THE EXACT PROVENANCE OF THIS CARNELIAN SEAL, BUT, MOST PROBABLY FROM THE MESOPOTAMIAN MIDDLE EAST REGION FROM THE TODAY'S SYRIAN, ISRAELI, JORDANIAN AREA.
"The ram loomed large as a religious icon across a great many cultures and was a part of the core of mythologies, of Pharaonic Egypt, Pre-Christian Europe, Classical Greece, West Africa, and the Judaeo-Christian tradition and it is often associated with celebrations of the “solar return” or return of spring and fertility after the hiatus of winter. For a survey of the cult, see the writings of Deborah Houlding." "The iconography of the Aries ram was noted to have replaced the Sacred Bull or the Bull of heaven Taurus as the predominant iconography in Egypt from the the 2nd millennium BC onward. This was thought to have signified a historical shift of kingdom power, with some scholars dating the story of Moses overturning the Golden Calf to this same period," cited
THIS RING HAVE A WEIGHT OF 11.2 GRAMS AND HAVE A MEASURE OF 22 mm BY 28 mm
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