Ring with oval bezel

Unknownfirst half of 5th century B.C.

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum

A nude man faces a clothed woman on the engraved bezel of this ring. The meaning of the scene is unknown.

The ring is gold-plated over a silver base. The artisan made the small oval bezel separately and attached it over a projection on the hoop. The form and proportions of the bezel, as well as the addition of beaded wire on both sides of the hoop near the bezel, indicate that it was probably made in one of the Greek colonies in South Italy.

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  • Title: Ring with oval bezel
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date: first half of 5th century B.C.
  • Location Created: South Italy
  • Physical Dimensions: 0.7 x 0.5 cm (5/16 x 3/16 in.)
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Gold-plated silver
  • Source Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Villa Collection, Malibu, California
  • Object Type: Ring
  • Object Status: Permanent Collection
  • Number: 85.AM.270
  • Display Location: Currently on view at: Getty Villa, Gallery 207, Women and Children in Antiquity
  • Department: Antiquities
  • Culture: Greek (South Italian)
  • Classification: Jewelry