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    Sale 1914

    Ancient Jewelry

    6 December 2007, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 337

    A ROMAN CARNELIAN "MAGIC" FINGER RING

    CIRCA 4TH-5TH CENTURY A.D.

    Price Realised  

    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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    Provenance

    European Private Collection, acquired in the late 19th-early 20th century.


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A EUROPEAN GENTLEMAN