11 December 2009
A PHOENICIAN CHALCEDONY SCARAB
CIRCA 5TH CENTURY B.C.
The beetle summarily detailed, the underside with a long-haired kilted figure gripping a winged sphinx around the neck and driving a sword down into its open beak, the sphinx with its wings outstretched, a rearing cobra below, a solar disk and crescent above, on a crosshatched exergue, enclosed within a line border; mounted as a ring in a modern gold swivel setting, a large chip restored in gold
11/16 in. (1.7 cm.) long; ring size 8
American Private Collection, 1980s.
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