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    Sale 2057

    Ancient Jewelry

    9 December 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 316

    A ROMAN BLOODSTONE "MAGIC GEM"

    CIRCA 2ND-3RD CENTURY A.D.

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A ROMAN BLOODSTONE "MAGIC GEM"
    CIRCA 2ND-3RD CENTURY A.D.
    The bevelled oval stone engraved on the obverse with Harpokrates crouching on a lotus flower, with four budded stalks, a coiled serpent and a crowned crocodile below, the god holding a flail from which is suspended a rectangular pendant, his hand raised to his lip, wearing a radiate crown surmounted by a solar disk, encircled by an inscription, reading: OAWVAHOIEWHAVHWIA AHWCIOHVAWAOHAWWAH, enclosed within a hatched border; the reverse with an eight line inscription, reading: EAHWHO IHAVHWHAI HIOHAIWVO HIEWAAWEIH OVWIAHOIHI AHWHVAHIO HWHEAH AIWHV
    1 5/16 in. (3.3 cm.) long


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    Provenance

    Wyndham Francis Cook (1860-1905).
    Cook Collection, Christie's, London, 14-16 July 1925, probably lot 447. Hamilton Phelps Clawson, Buffalo, New York; Sotheby's, New York, 20-21 November 1975, lot 663.


    Literature

    C.H. Smith and C.A. Hutton, Catalogue of the Antiquities (Greek, Etruscan and Roman) in the Collection of the Late Wyndham Francis Cook, Esqre, London, 1908, p. 53, no. 239, pl. IX.