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    Sale 5399

    Antiquities

    30 April 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 74

    A SASSANIAN CORNELIAN INTAGLIO IN GOLD RING

    4TH-7TH CENTURY A.D.

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A SASSANIAN CORNELIAN INTAGLIO IN GOLD RING
    4TH-7TH CENTURY A.D.
    The domed circular stone with a gryllos in the form of an elaborate hybrid bird-animal, a Pahlavi inscription in cursive script at one side reading "Fortune", in gold ring setting
    ¾ in. (2 cm.) across inner hoop


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    Christie's would like to thank Dr. Rika Gyselen for translating the inscription.

    Special Notice

    No VAT will be charged on the hammer price, but VAT at 15% will be added to the buyer's premium which is invoiced on a VAT inclusive basis.
    Please note that the lots of Iranian origin are subject to U.S. trade restrictions which currently prohibit the import into the United States. Similar restrictions may apply in other countries.
    This lot will be removed to an off-site warehouse at the close of business on the day of sale - 2 weeks free storage


    Provenance

    Private collection, acquired in the late 1970s.