GOTHIC MAGIC RING WITH INSCRIPTION “+ANUL IOSEPH COOIIS”
Probably Italy, 12th – 13th century; intaglio, 3rd century AD
Weight 10.2 gr., US size 8.25, UK size Q 3/4
This gold ring is made of a circular hoop with round section. The ends are hammered to form a hidden support for the oval bezel, shaped like a flat dish. Set in the center is a bloodstone intaglio showing the nude Hercules throttling the Nemean lion, with a six-pointed star above the scene. On the wide gold border surrounding the gem, the following inscription is engraved in reverse in Roman capitals: “+ ANUL. JOSEPH COOIIS.” Fashioned in the twelfth or thirteenth century, the present ring is set with a Roman intaglio carved in a bloodstone.