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Kushan, Engraved Bronze "Zebu" Ring.

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An ancient oval bronze ring with an engraved "Zebu Bull" from the Kushan Empire of Northern India and Afghanistan. Long buried the bronze has a very deep tone with a light green "verdigris" patina (mainly in the recesses, emphasizing the design nicely.)

Now, I'm assuming it's a "Zebu Bull" continuing the Bull Culture of the Indus Valley Civilisation, but the stripes on its hump could easily indicate a horses main, in which case the horn could be an ear (?) It may even have been used as a seal as the Bull would reproduce well.

Basically a flat oval set on two heavy shoulders, the flat face slicing the top two fifths of the circle off the 4 mm band.

This truncation always makes it difficult to measure its finger size accurately, but a Size "K" (US 5.25) knuckle will get through and a little plumpness will fill the extra space in the top corners.

But I wouldn't wear it a lot as the patina and encrustation would become scratched or wear off over time. I've been rubbing AR131 with my thumb and the body oils have enhanced both the design and the colour of the bronze.

It surprises me how similar these are to Roman Bronze Rings of the same period, maybe just more evidence of trade and travel.

 

Age: 1st - 3rd Century AD.

Size: About a finger size of "K" (US 5.25) The oval face measures16 mm x 24 mm.

Weight: 6 grams.