This is a charming ancient Roman silver intaglio ring, dating to the 2nd - 3rd century AD. It is set with its original sard intaglio, cut with a representation of a flaming torch. The torch known to the Romans as a fax had deep meaning in love and marriage, especially when a flame. The use of torches after sun-set, and the practice of celebrating marriages at that time, led to the consideration of the torch as one of the necessary accompaniments and symbols of marriage. Among the Romans the fax nuptialis (Cic. pro Cluent. 6), having been lighted at the parental hearth, was carried before the bride. We often find depictions of Eros (Cupid) holing a flaming torch as a representation of burning desire. This intaglio is simply cut with the design being not so readily apparent, this would have been a secret signal of devotion likely presented to one partner as gift or hint!
Today this ancient ring has survived intact and in untouched condition, it will be suitable for considerate wear if one so chooses.
OBJECT: Intaglio Ring
DATE: c. 2nd - 3rd century AD
MATERIAL: Silver & sard gemstone
RING SIZE: 5 1/4 (US) K 1/4 (UK)
SIZE: 20mm x 20.5mm x 12.9mm (intaglio 9.4mm x 7.3mm)
Item code: (#AR00XVANT300)
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