Photo © The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, by Vladimir Naikhin
Finger ring with the head of a woman
Late 4th century BCE
L: 2.2; W: 1.8 cm (bezel)
The Harry Stern Collection, bequeathed by Dr. Kurt Stern, London, in memory of his parents and his brother, who perished at Sobibor
Accession number: 76.43.2365
Gold finger rings, rare in Archaic Greece, growth in popularity in the Greek world in the 5th and 4th century BCE. Many of them were decorated with idealized heads of women and men, miniaturistic versions of a a naturalist idiom developed in large works of sculpture. The delicacy of detail of these examples is characteristic of the Late Classic style.

Bizarre Perfection, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 19/12/2008 - 13/06/2009, December 2008 - June 2009

Digital presentation of this object was made possible by: The Ridgefield Foundation, New York, in memory of Henry J. and Erna D. Leir