Of Dragons, Basilisks, and the Arms of the Seven Kings of Rome

@article{Nickel1989OfDB,
  title={Of Dragons, Basilisks, and the Arms of the Seven Kings of Rome},
  author={Helmut Nickel},
  journal={Metropolitan Museum Journal},
  year={1989},
  volume={24},
  pages={25 - 34}
}
  • Helmut Nickel
  • Published 1 January 1989
  • History
  • Metropolitan Museum Journal
tury. Carved on the round bezel of this ring is a standing figure in Late Roman scale armor, accompanied by an inscription in Greek letters. The warrior's helmeted head is surrounded by a halo; he leans to his right with his hand on an upright lance, while the left hand rests on the top of his shield set on the ground. This heroic pose is familiar from many such representations since classical times. In striking contrast to the quiet stance of the warrior, a wildly wiggling dragon is hanging…