Ring with Intaglio Showing Head of Asclepius

18th century

The Walters Art Museum

The Walters Art Museum

The intaglio showing Asclepius, the Greek god of healing, identified by his "caduceus" (staff entwined by snakes), has been set in a gold ring.

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  • Title: Ring with Intaglio Showing Head of Asclepius
  • Creator: European
  • Date Created: 18th century
  • External Link: For more information about this and thousands of other works of art in the Walters Art Museum collection, please visit art.thewalters.org
  • Roles: Artist: European
  • Provenance: Collection of the Duke of Marlborough, no. 251; Henry Walters, New York [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Sadie Jones (Mrs. Henry Walters), New York, 1931, by inheritance; Sale, Joseph Brummer, New York, 1942; Walters Art Museum, 1942, by purchase.
  • Object Type: intaglios;finger rings;gems
  • Medium: carnelian, gold
  • Exhibitions: Jewelry - Ancient to Modern. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1979-1980.
  • Dimensions: Intaglio in gold setting H: 13/16 x W: 11/16 x D: 3/16 in. (2.1 x 1.8 x 0.4 cm); Ring H: 13/16 x W: 3/4 x D: 13/16 in. (2.1 x 1.9 x 2.1 cm)
  • Credit Line: Museum purchase [formerly part of the Walters Collection], 1942
  • Classification: Precious Stones & Gems
  • Accession Number: 42.1108

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