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    Sale 1914

    Ancient Jewelry

    6 December 2007, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 338

    FOUR ROMAN RING STONES

    CIRCA 2ND-3RD CENTURY A.D.

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    FOUR ROMAN RING STONES
    CIRCA 2ND-3RD CENTURY A.D.
    One of banded agate engraved with Osiris-in-Hydria centered within a shrine, Osiris wearing a plumed crown, a Horus falcon standing on each upper corner; one of red jasper engraved with Harpokrates seated on a lotus, his head surmounted by a solar disk, a flail in one hand, the other raised to his lips, encircled by a Greek inscription, an inscription also on the reverse; one of citrine engraved with a seated double-headed baboon, the rear-facing head that of a ram, the heads surmounted by a uraeus, holding a jar issuing forth a liquid, a Greek inscription on the reverse; and one of bloodstone engraved with a mummy resting above the snake Ouroboros, a falcon standing upon the mummy, a star above
    Largest: 11/16 in. (1.7 cm.) long (4)


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    For the subject of Osiris-in-Hydria in a shrine, compare the more elaborate cameo, now fragmentary, in Munich, no. IV.273 in Arslan, et al., Iside, il mito, il mistero, la magia.

    Provenance

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


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A EUROPEAN GENTLEMAN