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A GRAECO-EGYPTIAN HAEMATITE MAGICAL INTAGLIO WITH A WINGED GENIUS
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A GRAECO-EGYPTIAN HAEMATITE MAGICAL INTAGLIO WITH A WINGED GENIUS

2ND-3RD CENTURY A.D.

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A GRAECO-EGYPTIAN HAEMATITE MAGICAL INTAGLIO WITH A WINGED GENIUS
2ND-3RD CENTURY A.D.
Cut with the figure of a winged Genius, the draped figure with horizontal wings, holding a long sceptre in each hand, with legs in the form of two curled lion-headed serpents wearing radiate crowns, below a minute horizontal figure within the snake Ouroboros, the entire field filled with minute symbols, the reverse with a figure riding a lion to the left, the latter standing on a horizontal naked figure, behind stands a draped female figure, infront the Abraxas deity, various minute symbols and Greek letters in the field, 1.5 x 1.1 cm., 1.2 cm. across inner hoop; and a similar magical gem of Harpocrates on a goose, wearing sun disk, holding flail with right index finger to his mouth, the goose stands on a crocodile, two circular bands of Greek, the reverse with nine lines of Greek, chipped, 2nd-3rd Century A.D., 1.9 x 1.4 cm., 1.8 cm. across inner hoop, both in later swivel ring settings (2)
Provenance
Item one: Stilianopoulos collection, Smyrna.
Collection of James Carnegie, Earl of Southesk (1827-1905); acquired 1882.
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PUBLISHED:
Item one: Lady Helena Carnegie (ed.), Catalogue of the collection of antique gems formed by James, Ninth Earl of Southesk, K.T., London, 1908, I, pp. 175-176, no. N55.

For a similar winged figure standing above Ouroboros, cf. S. Michel, Magische Gemmen, München, 2001, p. 37, no. 26 (item one); also see, B. Y. Berry, Ancient Gems from the Collection of Burton Y. Berry, Indiana University Art Museum, 1968, p. 87, no. 159, for figure of Harpocrates riding goose (item two).

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