Seller: wear-the-past (2,021) 99.7%, Location: Salisbury, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 371786092448 This is an ancient Roman silver intaglio ring, dating to the 2nd - 3rd century A.D. The intaglio is made from blue and black glass, cast in the form of a costly 'nicolo' Arabian onyx. the design is quite hard to make out, but is in the form of a stylized pair of clasped hands known as a 'dextrarum iunctio' right hands joining. This is a timeless symbol of trust, loyalty and friendship - used also in the marriage ceremony. Such an intaglio ring would have been used to seal letters and authenticate transactions, likely by a merchant or trader. Today the ring has survived in excellent condition, slight traces of fossilized fabric to one side of the ring which is a unique signature of its deposit some two thousand years ago. Today this ring is suitable condition for contemporary wear if one so chooses.OBJECT: Intaglio RingCULTURE: RomanDATE: c. 2nd - 3rd century A.D.MATERIAL: Silver & glassRING SIZE: 5 1/2 (US) L (UK)SIZE: 21.50mm 22.64mm x 7.54mm (intaglio 9.34mm x 7.20mm)WEIGHT: 7.5 gramsThis 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: good excavated condition, see description, Type: Ring, Material: Silver, Colour: Silver, Culture: Roman, Date: c. 2nd - 3rd century A.D.