Unknown3rd century B.C.

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum

Naked except for a cloak wrapped around her legs, a woman sits on a pile of rocks offering a bowl to a swan. Although several females in Greek mythology, including Aphrodite, are connected with swans, the engraved scene on the bezel of this ring probably depicts the seduction of Leda by Zeus, the king of the gods, in the form of a swan. The swan places a webbed foot onto the woman's lap, and the representation of the spread, enveloping wings of the swan is found in scenes that clearly depict Leda.

By the 200s B.C., the large flat, round bezel was the most common form for Greek rings. The thickness of the hoop is also typical for this period.

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  • Title: Ring
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date: 3rd century B.C.
  • Location Created: Greece
  • Physical Dimensions: 2.1 x 1.9 cm (13/16 x 3/4 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: 81.AN.76.78
  • Display Location: Currently on view at: Getty Villa, Gallery 207, Women and Children in Antiquity
  • Department: Antiquities
  • Culture: Greek
  • Classification: Jewelry