This is an interesting antique sterling silver Minoan Prince of Lilies seal ring in a US size 6 1/2. The oval face of the ring features an intaglio image of a standing man wearing a wrap of cloth around his hips and a feathery headdress, in the Minoan style. He is standing among tall flowering plants. The underside is marked 925 for silver content, plus other obscured marks.
The image s based on a Minoan fresco from the palace of Knossos in Crete, dating to ca 1500BC. It is now displayed in the museum in Heraklion. The 'Prince of Lilies' or the 'Priest King' wears a loin cloth and a crown of lilies and peacock feathers.
This ring weighs 5.5 gr. The ring face measures .75" x .625". the band is 3mm wide.
Condition is over all good. There is some discoloration on the band where someone previously used a chemical to test the metal, but this can be polished out. I have not polished the ring.
This ring may be an early Museum replica.
Item ID: M14gdr314
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