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Gold Ring Featuring a Sassanian Agate Intaglio Depicting a Mythological Creature - FJ.2690
Origin: Persia
Circa: 200 AD to 600 AD

Collection: Jewelry
Style: Sassanian Seal Rings
Medium: Agate and Gold

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This genuine Ancient Sassanian agate seal ring has been mounted in a modern 18 karat gold ring.

The lively, vital art of the Sassanids drew inspiration from many cultures, including ancient Near Eastern and Hellenistic Greek. This magnificent gem depicts a winged horse surmounted by the head of a king. Such fantastic man-beasts can be traced back to Assyria and Mesopotamia, but the centaur or pegasus was also popular in the iconography of Hellenistic cuture with which the Sassanids were familiar. The inscription, apparently a name, translates "Nphkyn'n". The image of a powerful horse, with a distinctly human head, flying through a starlit sky evokes the magic of that vanished world, and takes us on a journey to the distant borders of the imagination. - (FJ.2690)

 

 

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