• Antiquities auction at Christies

    Sale 5487

    Antiquities

    29 April 2010, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 135

    AN EARLY CHRISTIAN AGATE INTAGLIO

    CIRCA 3RD-EARLY 4TH CENTURY A.D.

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    AN EARLY CHRISTIAN AGATE INTAGLIO
    CIRCA 3RD-EARLY 4TH CENTURY A.D.
    With two standing draped figures facing each other, the figure on the right with right arm raised, a branch in between, an incised inscription reading 'MAPTINIANOY', 'Martinianou', set in a modern gold ring
    ½ in. (1.3 cm.) long


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    Provenance

    Formerly in an American private collection since the early 1980s.


    Literature

    J. Spier, Late Antique and Early Christian Gems, Wiesbaden, 2007, cat. no. 454, where it is suggested that the two figures might represent Jesus and an apostle.