ANTIQUE RING WITH TWO FEMALE PORTRAIT CAMEOS
Roman Empire, 2nd century
gold and glass
Circumference 43; weight 4.4 gr.; US size 2 ¾; UK size E ½
This double-bezel ring is set with two glass cameos displaying the portrait busts of two women facing each other. The women's hairstyle with their low chignon is reminiscent of the fashion under Marc Aurelius (147-175). Portraits of his wife Faustina II on coins display a similar hairstyle, with the hair weaved and assembled in a low bun. Cameos made of glass cast in molds were popular during the Roman Imperial period. They usually imitate the color and shape of hard-stone cameos. While rings composed of separate hoops joined together are typical of the Roman period, rings with a double bezel set with cameos are very rare.