6 December 2000
A HEPHTHALITE BLUE CHALCEDONY SCARABOID
Circa 5th-6th Century A.D.
Engraved with a janiform male bust, each head with lidded eyes, a straight nose, thick lips and full chin, with a cap of hair rendered by short striations, perforated for suspension
.13/16 in. (2.1 cm) long
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For other Hephthalite or "White Hun" seals from the North-West Frontier of India, see nos. 483-488 in Henig, Classical Gems, Ancient and Modern Intaglios and Cameos in the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.
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