Horoscope Ring with Bust of Asklepios (Primary Title)

Unknown (Artist)

340 - 400
Byzantine
gold and niello
Overall: 3/4 in. (1.91 cm)
67.52.11
Asklepios, the Greek god of medicine, appears here with his symbol, a snake coiled around a staff. The inscription on the hoop give the personal horoscope of the owner, who was born in the 10th hour on the night of 16/17 August in the year 327.
Inscribed in greek (see file).
Adolph D. and Wilkins C. Williams Fund
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