6 December 2007,
New York, Rockefeller Center
Price realised USD 29,800
Estimate USD 1,000 - USD 1,500
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.
European Private Collection, acquired in the late 19th-early 20th century.
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