6 December 2007
THE PROPERTY OF A EUROPEAN GENTLEMAN
AN EARLY JEWISH NICOLO RING STONE
CIRCA 2ND-3RD CENTURY A.D.
The flat oval stone engraved with a menorah, a lamp resting on each arm, with two lulavim (palm branches) in a vessel on one side, an etrog (citron) and shofar (ram's horn) on the other, on a groundline
½ in. (1.2 cm.) long
European Private Collection, acquired in the late 19th-early 20th century.
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For other gems depicting a menorah, either alone or with similar additional symbols, see nos. 940-952 in Spier, Late Antique and Early Christian Gems.
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