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A ROMAN GOLD, CARNELIAN, GLASS AND LAPIS LAZULI NECKLACE
A ROMAN GOLD, CARNELIAN, GLASS AND LAPIS LAZULI NECKLACE

CIRCA 3RD CENTURY A.D.

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A ROMAN GOLD, CARNELIAN, GLASS AND LAPIS LAZULI NECKLACE
CIRCA 3RD CENTURY A.D.
The necklace composed of gold loops threaded through biconical beads, carnelian alternating with blue glass, with a hook-and-loop closure, supporting a pendant on a wire hoop, with an oval frame of petals, set with a lapis lazuli double-sided "magic gem," one side with a standing ithyphallic baboon, his hands raised in adoration, his head surmounted by a solar disk, the other side inscribed in Greek, AIW
18½ in. (46.9 cm.) long
Provenance
Acquired by the current owner, Switzerland, 1984.

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Lot Essay

For the subject of a standing ithyphallic baboon on "magic gems," see nos. 149-154 in S. Michel, Die Magischen Gemmen im Britischen Museum.

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