ROMAN PROSTITUTE’S RING SIZE 8. 1st-2nd century AD.
Bronze, size 8. Narrow, slightly tapered band with outsized stepped pyramidal bezel. These rings, exaggerated versions of lady's fashion rings of the period, served to identify the wearer as a prostitute. The central mount represents a set stone on its counterpart. The trade was openly practiced by young, mostly slave, girls. Professionally refurbished with the gold overlay restored for contemporary wear.