26 - 27 October 2004
A ROMAN YELLOW-GREEN JASPER MAGICAL INTAGLIO WITH LIZARD
2ND-3RD CENTURY A.D.
With a lizard facing a crescent, rev. two lines of Greek inscription
1 in. (2.5 cm.) long
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Animals, 1986, II, no. 103.
The lizard was considered to be the talismanic guardian of the eyes and the protector against ophthalmia. For a similar example, cf. S. Michel, Magische Gemmen, Munich, 2001, p. 86, no. 92, pl. 15.
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