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Ancient Roman Bronze Ring Elliptical Form Raised Bezel

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Seller: goancient (953) 100%, Location: Owen Sound, Ontario, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 162155422950 Details: Ancient Roman Bronze Ring Elliptical Form Raised Bezel Description: Bronze Roman era ring, 2nd - 3rd century A.D., hoop of elliptical form with uniform convex bevel, flat on either side, raised bezel with two incised lines on one side, dark green patina. Diameter: 14.86mm Size: USA: 4; UK: H ½; France: 46 ½ - 47; Germany: 15; Japan: 7; Switzerland: 6 ½ - 7 ½; Ref: Catalogue of Finger Rings, Greek, Etruscan and Roman: Dept. of Antiquities, British Museum: pg. 33:200, pl. V: 200 (similar shape) Click to view supersized image The crafting and wearing of jewelry has been a unique trait exhibited by mankind from our early beginnings. Paleolithic items of adornment have been unearthed that date back 75,000-100,000 years. It is theorized that jewelry originated as a purely functional item used to fasten animal hides together allowing them to be worn as clothing. Findings suggest that jewelry making became more prevalent over 40,000 years ago as mankind migrated from Africa and the Middle East into continental Europe. Early necklaces and bracelets were made from readily available materials such as bone, teeth, shells and stone strung together using twine from animal sinew or catgut. The forging of copper some 7,000 years ago allowed metal to be utilized as a material to craft jewelry. The smelting of copper and tin to make the alloy bronze heralded the advent of the Bronze Age some 5,000-6,000 years ago. It is conceivable that metal workers used their knowledge of metallurgy to craft items of adornment as well as tools and weapons. Jewelry has served (and continues to serve) three basic roles. As an ornament it attracts attention and could be used as a testament to hunting prowess or more general attributes. As an amulet holding supernatural power it protected the wearer against physical harm, warded off evil and healed ailments. As society evolved it also became a symbol of wealth or social standing. Rings were extremely popular among the Romans. Their faith in the curative and protective powers attributed to some stones (as well as shapes and images) provided additional incentive to wear these amulets on their fingers. There were certain rules in the fashion of rings that were strictly observed. Plain bronze and signet rings were worn on either hand while rings set with stones were generally worn on the left hand if worn by a male. Gold rings could be worn on certain occasions, but they were set aside for iron signet rings when one attended a funeral. Wealthy Romans had rings that fit the seasons, with thin ones for summer and large imposing ones for winter. Annulus natalitus were Roman birthday rings, only to be worn to celebrate ones birthday. It was also the custom for the matron of a roman household to wear a ring with a small key attached. This was a symbol of her authority over the house. By the middle of the first century, the fashion was to wear an extravagant amount of jewelry. Rings fit into this fashion by being worn on every finger, with different sized for each section of the finger. GUARANTEE: All items are backed by our 30-day no question money back guarantee as well as our unconditional goancient Lifetime Guarantee of Authenticity. SHIPPING: We ship world-wide on a daily basis. All rates provided are for Light Packet Airmail for international shipments and non-standard Lettermail for domestic shipments. All orders are shipped FOB destination with Title transferred at time of shipping. Rates for courier delivery via FedEx, UPS or similar service are available upon request. Due to unreliable delivery, shipments cannot be made to South America. SERVICE: At least one original scan or photograph accompanies all auction or store items offered for sale. Larger images are available for all scans and photographs of every item sold. Measurements, weights and full descriptions are always listed for each item. To ensure a reply in time for final bidding please email all questions at least 48 hours prior to auction end. PAYMENT: Payment can be made by Moneybookers and Paypal as well as credit cards through Paypal. All items have documented export approval from their respective country of origin in accordance with local antiquity laws. Click to view supersized image Click to view supersized image Click to view supersized image Click to view supersized image Click to view supersized image Soli Deo Gloria Store Link

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