9 December 2008
A ROMAN BLOODSTONE "MAGIC GEM"
CIRCA 2ND-3RD CENTURY A.D.
The bevelled oval stone engraved on the obverse with Harpokrates crouching on a lotus flower, with four budded stalks, a coiled serpent and a crowned crocodile below, the god holding a flail from which is suspended a rectangular pendant, his hand raised to his lip, wearing a radiate crown surmounted by a solar disk, encircled by an inscription, reading: OAWVAHOIEWHAVHWIA AHWCIOHVAWAOHAWWAH, enclosed within a hatched border; the reverse with an eight line inscription, reading: EAHWHO IHAVHWHAI HIOHAIWVO HIEWAAWEIH OVWIAHOIHI AHWHVAHIO HWHEAH AIWHV
1 5/16 in. (3.3 cm.) long
Wyndham Francis Cook (1860-1905).
Cook Collection, Christie's, London, 14-16 July 1925, probably lot 447. Hamilton Phelps Clawson, Buffalo, New York; Sotheby's, New York, 20-21 November 1975, lot 663.
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C.H. Smith and C.A. Hutton, Catalogue of the Antiquities (Greek, Etruscan and Roman) in the Collection of the Late Wyndham Francis Cook, Esqre, London, 1908, p. 53, no. 239, pl. IX.
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