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  • Ring-seal. Ciudad Real Provincial Museum © Ministerio de Cultura

    Ring-seal. Ciudad Real Provincial Museum © Ministerio de Cultura



Precious metalwork


The end of the 6th century B.C.

Cultural background


Original title

Ciudad Real Museum
Ciudad Real
Ciudad Real, Castile-La Mancha
Ciudad Real

This is an exceptional piece due both to the quality of the gold used, and its oriental-style decoration.

The arrival of elements and influences from the Mediterranean peoples, mainly the Phoenicians and Greeks, led to a boom in economic activity. Proof of these influences is this ring found near Alcubillas, from a collection which corresponds to a distinctive Eastern Mediterranean and Archaic Greek art, dating from around the end of the 6th century B.C.

The ring is made of extremely pure gold and is shaped like a seal, with an approximately circular chaton (heavy precious stone set in a ring or other item of jewellery) from which emerge two feline heads with open jaws and perforations.

Details of the work


Maximum diameter = 1.8 cm; Minimum diameter = 1.6 cm

Casting technique



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