Gold ring

Period: Hellenistic

Date: late 4th–3rd century B.C.

Culture: Greek

Medium: Gold

Dimensions: H.: 1 x 3/4 in. (2.5 x 1.9 cm)

Classification: Gold and Silver

Credit Line: Funds from various donors, 1910

Accession Number: 10.132.1


The face of this ring is engraved with the head of Alexander the Great in the guise of Herakles. The Macedonian ruler wears the skin of the Nemean lion drawn up over his head and tied in a knot around his neck. This representation of Alexander, which was also struck on coins during the ruler's lifetime, reinforced his claim of divine descent from Herakles.