1116 in. (1.7 cm.) long
Giorgio Sangiorgi (1886-1965), Rome, acquired and brought to Switzerland, late 1930s; thence by continuous descent to the current owner.
J. Boardman and C. Wagner, Masterpieces in Miniature: Engraved Gems from Prehistory to the Present, London, 2018, p. 181, no. 167.
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On this flat oval ringstone, an ithyphallic satyr approaches an excited donkey from behind, lifting the animal's tail. The subject of a satyr violating an animal was popular in Greek art by the 6th century B.C. (see for example the Attic black-figured kyathos in the British Museum with a satyr copulating with a deer, color pl. 26 in C. John, Sex or Symbol?, Erotic Images of Greece and Rome) and continued in popularity well into the Roman Imperial period.

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