AN EAST ROMAN CORNELIAN INTAGLIO WITH MYTHICAL BEASTS
2ND-3RD CENTURY A.D.
With figures of two composite serpent-like animals standing upright on their hind legs, one with a bull's head and the other with ram's head, each with star above, with five further stars at the sides, both animals bending over a table under which stands a lion, table laden with Mithraic symbols; and a Roman cornelian intaglio with the conjoined masks of Silenus and a youth, circa 2nd Century A.D., both in later ring settings
Intaglios ½ in. (1.3 cm.) and 3.8 in. (1.1 cm.) wide respectively (2)
Item one: W. Talbot Ready collection.
Collection of James Carnegie, Earl of Southesk (1827-1905); acquired from Talbot Ready, 1889.
Sold Christie's London, 13 May 2003, lot 122 (part lot).
Item two: sold Christie's London, 13 May 2003, lot 119 (part lot).
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