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Ring, Roman, Men's, Sea Monster Intaglio, ca. 2nd-3rd Cent

Copper alloy; 3.8gm, Ring size 10

Con/ As Fabricated and Engraved; residual tinning on the bezel. Certainly wearable, this unisex ring needs a happy finger.

Seller's Note/ The engraved "Sea Monster" on the bezel of this ring can be clearly seen in the photo and appears to look a bit like Nessie, the Lock Ness monster, doesn't it?  But, more than likely, it is not a sea monster, but rather a Mediterranean monk seal, frolicking in the sea beneath a crescent moon. Monk seals are now an endangered species, but common centuries ago.

We have no doubt that it was used as a personal signet used to seal letters and documents. As to who wore it...perhaps a mariner trying to stay on the good side of Neptune?

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