• Ancient Jewelry  auction at Christies

    Sale 2233

    Ancient Jewelry

    11 December 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 378

    A PHOENICIAN CARNELIAN SCARAB

    CIRCA 5TH CENTURY B.C.

    Price Realised  

    A PHOENICIAN CARNELIAN SCARAB
    CIRCA 5TH CENTURY B.C.
    The beetle well-detailed, the underside engraved with an Egyptian king attacking a supplicating humanoid, the king wearing a belted kilt, a broad collar and a filleted wig topped with a plumed crown, a mace in his upraised hand, a bow and arrows in the other, the humanoid bearded, wearing a pleated garment, an inscribed cartouche behind the king, the crosshatched exergue (an Egyptian nb sign) as the groundline, enclosed within a hatched border; mounted as a swivel ring in a 1920s gold setting
    5/8 in. (1.5 cm.) long; ring size 9¼


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    For a carnelian scarab with the same subject but different inscription within the cartouche see no. 18/X4, pl. 54, in Boardman, Classical Phoenician Scarabs.

    Provenance

    American Private Collection, 1950s.