Christie's Special Exhibition Gallery
7 December 2011
A PHOENICIAN ELECTRUM AND AMETHYST SCARAB SWIVEL RING
CIRCA LATE 6TH-EARLY 5TH CENTURY B.C.
The thick plain hoop tapering and threaded through the ends of the high oval bezel, the edges with rope wires framed by plain wires, set with an amethyst scarab, the beetle summarily incised, the underside engraved with a falcon deity atop a cartouche flanked by uraei, an ankh before the falcon, a symbol behind, enclosed within a line border
1 in. (3.2 cm.) wide; ring size 6
Private Collection, Geneva, 1960s.
Anonymous sale; Christie's, New York, 9 December 2008, lot 221.
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