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Finger Ring with Engraved Gem Depicting Asclepius

Culture Roman
Culture Roman
Title Finger Ring with Engraved Gem Depicting Asclepius
Date 100 BCE–200 CE
Medium Gold and carnelian
Dimensions Overall: 15/16 in. (2.4 cm)
Weight: 0.05 lb.
Credit Line Burton Y. Berry Collection, Eskenazi Museum of Art, Indiana University
Accession Number 65.87.8

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This gold ring with inset gemstone is a fine example of the signet rings that were used by men to mark documents, merchandise, and personal belongings. The images on the gemstone also conveyed social status and, often, personal interests and beliefs. This gemstone was engraved with an image of Asclepius, god of healing, and was probably worn to protect against illness.

Provenance research is ongoing for this and many other items in the Eskenazi Museum of Art permanent collection. For more information about the provenance of this artwork, please contact the department curator with specific questions.

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