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    Sale 7659

    Antiquities

    13 October 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 55

    A GROUP OF JEWELLERY, GLASS AND MISCELLANEOUS ANTIQUITIES

    MAINLY ROMAN TO EARLY CHRISTIAN PERIOD, CIRCA 1ST-4TH CENTURY A.D. AND LATER

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    A GROUP OF JEWELLERY, GLASS AND MISCELLANEOUS ANTIQUITIES
    MAINLY ROMAN TO EARLY CHRISTIAN PERIOD, CIRCA 1ST-4TH CENTURY A.D. AND LATER
    Including two Roman gold rings, one inscribed with "KYPIA (Lady)" across the shoulders and raised circular bezel, 3rd Century A.D.; the other ring with palm branch on flattened lentoid-shaped bezel, 1st-3rd Century A.D.; a silver ring, similar, with palm branch; two bronze rings, all Roman to Byzantine period; another bronze ring, 16th Century A.D.; a Roman pale green glass bowl fragment, with wheel-cut linear and abraded decoration, part showing a dancing maenad with fillet hanging over right arm and holding a thyrsus in the other, first half of 4th Century A.D., 3 in. (7.6 cm.) across max.; four other fragmentary Roman glass shards, including a gold 'sandwich' glass fragment; two Roman intaglios, one cornelian with fish and inscription "VAL MODES", fragmentary; the other green and red jasper, with inscription "EIPHNH (Peace)" and ear of corn below; two Roman magical gems, cornelian and dark green speckled jasper, each with Greek inscription, 2nd-3rd Century A.D.; a fragmentary late Roman cornelian cameo with fish (red mullet), circa 4th Century A.D.; a Roman wood fish token inscribed 'IX', pierced at tail, circa 1st- 2nd Century A.D., 2¼ in. (5.6 cm.) long; a Greek inscribed stone tablet; and a Roman yellow glass pendant with stamped design, a central tree with two seated lions(?), circa 350-450 A.D.(a lot)


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    Engraved glass fragment: closely related to a bowl with dancing figures and Bacchic associations in the British Museum (BM GR 1886.5-12.3), cf. D. B. Harden, Glass of the Caesars, Milan, 1987, pp. 230-231, no. 129.
    Fish cameo: cf. exhibition catalogue, Romans and Barbarians, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, 1976, p. 123, no. 137, for similar complete fish cameo.

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    Provenance

    Pusey House, Oxford; acquired from various donors during the early 20th Century (see lot 98).


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF PUSEY HOUSE