Seller: wear-the-past (1,926) 99.7%, Location: Salisbury, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 371785916451 This is an ancient Greek silver finger ring, dating to the early 5th century B.C. The raised square bezel is decorated with granulation work, with simple snake headed shoulders. This type of ring is an early form of adornment usually found in gold, dating from the 7th - mid 5th century B.C. The shape and style follows that of Babylon, with Persian influence from Darius. As such, this ring shape can be associated with the invasion and attempted assimilation of the Greek states, under the Xerxes; culminating in their defeat and liberation of the Greek people. This is the period of the Spartan 300, who valiantly withstood the field at Thermopylae in 480 B.C.This ancient ring is a great example with a deep patinated silver, it remains uncleaned from excavation and is suitable for contemporary wear with care.OBJECT: Finger RingCULTURE: GreekDATE: c. 480 B.C.MATERIAL: SilverSIZE: 24.14mm x 24.59mm x 2.12mm (bezel 8.5mm x 8mm) RING SIZE: 9 1/2 (US) S 1/2 (UK)WEIGHT: 2.8gThis item is guaranteed authentic and dates to the period described. A written guarantee can be provided on request. We accept returns if you are not satisfied with your purchase.I am a fully qualified Archaeologist and small finds specialist. All items can be viewed in person on request at Grays, Mayfair in London. Please see my website for details. Condition: intact and in very good excavated condition, Type: Rings, Material: Silver, Colour: Silver, Culture: Ancient Greek, Date: c. 480 B.C.