Roman Gold Ring: Carnelian Intaglio of Mercury
An ancient Roman gold finger ring with a carnelian gem stone intaglio depicting Mercury (Hermes), standing nude, leaning on a column, holding his staff (kerykeion) in his right hand, and a money purse in his left.
Ca. 2nd - 3rd century AD.
Mercury (Greek: Hermes) was a pastoral divinity dating to the earliest Greek legends. He was the messenger and herald of the gods. He was also the patron of travelers, merchants, shepherds, and thieves. In the Roman period he was especially associated with commerce.
Formerly in a German private collection since the 1990's.