Rare original ancient Roman bronze decorated finger ring artifact intact patina

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  • Item Category: Antiquities
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Jun 21, 2012
  • Channel: Auction House

Roman bronze finger ring (4Cent.AD)
Ring is in good condition and absolutely intact. , measuring 18-19mm. inside diameter about size 8.5 US. 8.36gm. Original glossy patina.
Authenticity guaranteed. Some type of B or 8 symbol on the bezel.

In ancient times since banks did not exist, Soldiers would bury their coins and jewelry before going into battle, and many of them did not return. They were also buried to avoid tax collectors and thieves. In ancient times, a ring distinguished an individual in a way that other forms of jewelry did not. Finger rings represented the language of social code, and connoted one’s social standing. Under the Empire, the finger ring was still considered a privilege, conferred for military distinction. As time wore on and attitudes changed, the ring was more freely bestowed. Even so, the ring retained its position as a mark of dignity, as a rich ornament, as an important seal, and as a token of betrothal. Special caskets were created for holding rings, and it was customary to remove a ring from the casket, to place on the finger of a visiting guest welcomed into one's home.

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