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    Sale 1914

    Ancient Jewelry

    6 December 2007, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 343

    AN EARLY JEWISH NICOLO RING STONE

    CIRCA 2ND-3RD CENTURY A.D.

    Price Realised  

    AN EARLY JEWISH NICOLO RING STONE
    CIRCA 2ND-3RD CENTURY A.D.
    The flat oval stone engraved with a menorah, a lamp resting on each arm, with two lulavim (palm branches) in a vessel on one side, an etrog (citron) and shofar (ram's horn) on the other, on a groundline
    ½ in. (1.2 cm.) long


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    For other gems depicting a menorah, either alone or with similar additional symbols, see nos. 940-952 in Spier, Late Antique and Early Christian Gems.

    Provenance

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


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A EUROPEAN GENTLEMAN