6 December 2007,
New York, Rockefeller Center
Price realised USD 15,000
Estimate USD 2,000 - USD 3,000
A ROMAN CARNELIAN "MAGIC" FINGER RING
CIRCA 4TH-5TH CENTURY A.D.
The broad hoop flat on the interior, carinated on the exterior, with notched shoulders, an off-set pointed oval bezel, and a raised knob at the base, the bezel engraved with Abrasax and Harpokrates, the anguipede to the left, his cock head in profile to the right, holding a whip in his right hand and an inscribed shield in his left, Harpokrates to the right, wearing a kilt and an Egyptianizing crown, holding a flail in one hand, the other raised before him, the entire surface of the exterior of the hoop engraved with symbols, figures, including an ithyphallic herm, and Greek letters
1 3/16 in. (3 cm.) long
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European Private Collection, acquired in the late 19th-early 20th century.
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