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.