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This enigmatic Roman signet ring is almost two thousand years old, dating from the 1st - 3rd centuries A.D.


Roman signet rings or "annulus signatorius" in Latin, played a crucial role in the social, legal, and personal lives of ancient Romans. These rings were not only items of personal adornment but also served practical purposes, acting as instruments of authority and identity. Crafted from various materials and often beautifully decorated, Roman signet rings offer insight into Roman culture, art, and social hierarchy.



The primary function of a Roman seal or signet ring was to serve as a personal signature or a mark of authentication. The ring's face was engraved with a unique design, often a family emblem, a personal symbol, or the owner's portrait. In the case of this piece, the ring displays a stylised pattern of geometric shapes.


Now available in the Timeless Galleries.


  • Acquired by Timeless on the UK Antiquities Market, 2020, previously forming part of London-based collection of antiquities.

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