Ring with solid hoop

Unknownsecond half of 6th century B.C.

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum

Three composite creatures of Greek mythology--a siren, a sphinx, and a hippocamp--decorate the bezel of this gold ring. The cartouche-shaped ring form was especially popular in Etruria in the later 500s B.C., where immigrant Greek goldsmiths from Ionia introduced it. The choice of motifs and style of decoration on this ring are also found on objects in other media produced by these Ionian immigrant artists.

All Greek and Etruscan metal rings with engraved bezels ultimately derive from Egyptian and Phoenician cartouche rings. The influence is clearest on those rings with a long, straight-sided bezel with rounded ends. Artisans adapted the arrangement of the decoration into three rows, as well as the manufacturing technique of a separately attached bezel, from the Phoenicians.

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  • Title: Ring with solid hoop
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date: second half of 6th century B.C.
  • Location Created: Magna Graecia
  • Physical Dimensions: 1.9 x 0.9 cm (3/4 x 3/8 in.)
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Gold
  • Source Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Villa Collection, Malibu, California
  • Object Type: Ring
  • Object Status: Permanent Collection
  • Number: 85.AM.268
  • Display Location: Currently on view at: Getty Villa, Gallery 212, Coins, Gems and Jewelry
  • Department: Antiquities
  • Culture: Etruscan
  • Classification: Jewelry