ROMAN PROSTITUTE’S RING C.100 BC-100 AD
Bronze, gold overlaid when made, size 2 3/4. Plain band with garish conical form bezel with incised decorations, a crude facsimile of finer rings of the era. Prostitution was legal, widespread and practiced openly in Rome. Rings such as this identified prostitutes in the streets. They are usually encountered in quite small sizes and the girls were very young.