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Ring - seal with male portrait (25085)

Ring - seal with male portrait (25085)

The ring, made using two different alloys - yellow gold for the background and red gold for the verga and the edge - has an engraved setting depicting a male face in profile facing to the left: the hair, consisting of thin straight locks, is arranged from the top of the head running both forwards towards the forehead and the parietal area and towards the occipital zone, leaving the ears exposed. The forehead is low, the nose straight and pointed, the eyes small, the lips thin and the chin strong; the neck is crossed by a sinusoidal line. In the background, behind the head, it is possibile to read the signature of the goldsmith Erakleidas. It is clearly an authentic portrait, in which Roman realism merges with the Hellenistic emphasis on decoration. The shape derives from Hellenistic prototypes which were in use in Rome in the late Republican period.

Further information
Codici (Label is not translated)
  Ente_competente: Soprintendenza per i Beni Archeologici delle Province di Napoli e Caserta
  SGTI: ritratto maschile
Localizzazione_geografico-amministrativa (Label is not translated)
  PVCS: Italia
  regione: CAMPANIA
  provincia: Napoli
  comune: Napoli
  LDCT: palazzo
  Name: Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli
  Indirizzo: Piazza Museo, 19 - 80135
  LDCM: Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli
  Location: Will form part of a future display, first floor, rooms CXXXVIII - CXLIV
Dati_patrimoniali (Label is not translated)
  Inventory number: 25085
  INVD: 1863 post
Definizione_culturale (Label is not translated)
  Author: Erakleidas
Dati_tecnici (Label is not translated)
  MISU: cm.
  Diameter: 3.5 (castone)
Dati_analitici (Label is not translated)
  Inscriptions - language: Greek
  Inscriptions - text:

Condizione_giuridica_e_vincoli (Label is not translated)
  CDGG: proprietà Stato
Fonti_e_documenti_di_riferimento (Label is not translated)

Ruesch 1859; Furtwängler 1900, II, n. 15, p. 162, tav. XXXIII; Breglia 1941, n. 152, p. 48, tav. 18,8; Siviero 1954, n. 344, tavv. 212-213; Becatti 1955, n. 508, p. 116; EAA III, 1960, s.v. Herakleidas; Collezioni Museo 1989, I, 2, n. 43, p. 212; Guzzo 1993, B1, p. 165; De Caro 1994, p. 57.