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« on: May 13, 2019, 10:49:36 am »

Any thoughts on what the design on this ring is (or any thoughts on it, really). I have an idea of what it might show, but I'd rather get some unbiased opinions. I know that the impression is poor, but that is the best possible in its degraded condition. It could be viewed in other orientations, the current one is just a guess.

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« Reply #1 on: May 13, 2019, 12:18:42 pm »

In looking at the actual ring, the first thing that I see appears to be a horse head facing left, but I'm not sure if all what I see is the design on the ring or possibly just surface roughness.

These things can be like mini Rorschach tests.
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« Reply #2 on: May 13, 2019, 02:47:06 pm »

Look like a Capricornus to me... Roll Eyes

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« Reply #3 on: May 13, 2019, 05:38:14 pm »

Or Hippocamp
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« Reply #4 on: May 17, 2019, 11:09:18 am »

Agree that it is essentially an ancient Rorschach, especially when it's this degraded. I had actually thought it might show an owl with a crescent behind it (the crescent is very distinct on the ring itself), and hadn't thought of it possibly being a horse or hippocampus. Owls are not the most common design for Roman rings, but not completely unheard of either.
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