With grateful thanks to the East Anglian Daily Times, who published this story on 24th April 2003:

I am also inbebted to the 2002 Annual Treasure Report for the following description:

Romano-British gold finger-ring of hollow construction, with cameo setting in a white stone on a blue background. The finger ring is complete but has been squashed and dented in a number of places, and also has a tear in the surface. The hoop is 'D'-section and has faceted shoulders. The setting for the stone is oval and has a narrow flattened band around it. The setting is an engraved cameo of white agate against a light blue background. It shows a draped female bust to the right with a hair bun and what might be a narrow hair-band. There is slight damage to the front of the face, which makes the features look rather flat.

Discussion: By comparison with portraits on coins of Marcus Aurelius's wife Faustina II (empress AD 16176) the hairstyle would imply a late 2nd century date. The bust is likely, however, to be private portrait.

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