London, South Kensington
13 May 2003
A ROMAN SARDONYX INTAGLIO WITH A GRIFFIN
1ST CENTURY B.C.
The wings with detailed feathers and curled tips, long curved tail, sitting on its haunches with one forepaw resting on Nemesis' wheel of Fortune, on groundline, in later ring setting
1.7 x 1.2 cm.; 1.8 cm. across inner hoop
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For other examples of the theme, cf. Henig, Lewis Collection, p. 45, no. 172; Maaskant-Kleibrink, Royal Coin Cabinet, p. 260, no. 693; Henig and Whiting, Gems from Gadera, p. 37, no. 396; and Henig et al., Classical Gems, p. 176, no. 382.
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