Ancient green jasper intaglio ring, depicting a centaur with bow and arrow. Centaurs were notorious for being wild and lusty, indulgent drinkers, given to violence when intoxicated. Chiron, by contrast, was intelligent, civilized and kind, but he was not related directly to the other centaurs
In Greek mythology, Chiron was held to be the superlative centaur among his brethren. His personal skills tend to match those of Apollo, his foster father (sometimes along with Artemis); medicine, music, archery, hunting, prophecy.A great healer, astrologer, and respected oracle, Chiron was said to be the first among centaurs and highly revered as a teacher and tutor. Among his pupils were many culture heroes: Asclepius, Aristaeus, Ajax, Aeneas, Actaeon, Caeneus, Theseus, Achilles, Jason, Peleus, Telamon, Perseus, sometimes Heracles, Oileus, Phoenix, and in one Byzantine tradition, even Dionysus: according to Ptolemaeus Chennus of Alexandria, “Dionysius was loved by Chiron, from whom he learned chants and dances, the bacchic rites and initiations.
Mount mid last century
Measurement of bezel:15 x 13 mm
Ring size “S” = US 9+1/4
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- Listed by: Peter Szuhay
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