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Item:123572349693This newly published study is the first comprehensive guide in English on the most commonly encountered base metal and silver alloy finger rings between the Bronze Age and early Modern Period. It removes the guesswork, mislabeling and chicanery so endemic in the antiquities market; and is thus an indispensable reference for collectors, merchants and researchers. Included is both a detailed glossary and guide to the cleaning and conservation of these ancient artifacts. Almost all previous studies of finger rings have been limited to the “higher-end” pieces comprised of precious metals and stones, with little or no mention of the simpler rings worn by common people in times past (the demographic that accounts for nearly 90% of rings in circulation!). This guide provides detailed information on the composition, structure, symbols and other imagery encountered on these fascinating pieces. It fills a conspicuous gap in accurate, available material on the types of rings increasingly unearthed and marketed on international platforms; but with no corresponding increase in reference material which aids in their dating and identification. The sad truth is, the majority of rings on ebay and other venues have no connection whatsoever to their advertised identities (e.g., "ancient", "Roman", "Viking", "Knights Templar", etc.). In addition to widespread mislabeling, an appreciable number of "ancient" artifacts are, in fact, modern fakes. Every piece of rotting 19th century junk is offered up as "ancient". The gaudy fakes marketed as "Roman" by certain unscrupulous European merchants are just that - FAKES. Other "ancient" rings that look suspiciously like the costume jewelry you see at flea markets or in vending machines are exactly that - modern costume jewelry intentionally mislabeled by a burgeoning cadre of crooks. Don't waste and more of your money on this ridiculous junk! Strategies for identifying and circumventing the machinations of these these egregious and unscrupulous dealers are included in this publication. If preferred, an e-book version is also available for $16.99 on Google Play. A wise investment for anyone involved with the study or collection of these fascinating mementos of our predecessors in centuries past. "Profusely illustrated and impressively informative...a definitive and comprehensive reference on these ancient artifacts.... Exceptionally well organized and presented." --Midwest Book Review. "The writing is concise, knowledgeable, and very informative" -- American Reference Books Annual Specifications: Format: soft cover (7 x 10) Pages: 180 Bibliographic Info: 473 photos, glossary, notes, bibliography, index pISBN: 978-1-4766-7385-1 (soft cover) eISBN: 978-1-4766-3268-1 (ebook) Publisher: McFarland & Company, North Carolina, USA Publish Date: October, 2018 Table of Contents Acknowledgments v Preface 1 Introduction 2 Avenues for Exploration 2 Part I: The Basics 5 A Brief History of Ring Collecting 5 Terminology 7 Materials Used 8 Decorative Additions 8 Part II: Important Issues 9 Ring Types 9 Availability 10 Difficulties in Identification and Dating 10 The Identification Process 12 The Dating Process 14 Ethical Issues 14 The Proliferation of Fake Antiquities 15 Part III: Historical Periods and Styles 17 Dating Conventions 17 Neolithic Period 18 Copper Age 18 Bronze Age 18 Iron Age 19 Judaism 19 Classical Antiquity 20 Medieval Period 21 Islam 23 Byzantium 23 The Renaissance 24 The Modern Period/Industrial Age 25 Part IV: Universal Symbols 26 The Recurrence of Common Symbols 26 Additional Ancient Symbols: The Vinca Pictograms 44 Part V: Ring Types by Period 45 Bronze and Iron Ages 45 Persian Empire 53 Greco-Roman Antiquity 55 Greek Rings 56 Roman Rings 58 Byzantine Period 85 Medieval and Renaissance Periods 90 Viking-Era and Later Baltic Designs 132 The Modern Era/Industrial Age 136 Part VI: Cleaning and Conservation 142 Silver Rings 142 Copper, Bronze and Brass Rings 142 Epilogue 145 Glossary 147 Notes 161 Bibliography 166 Index 168Condition:New
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