Christie's Special Exhibition Gallery
7 December 2011
A LATE ROMAN CHROMIUM CHALCEDONY MAGIC GEM
CIRCA 3RD CENTURY A.D.
The convex oval stone engraved on the obverse with Chnoubis, the lion-headed serpent with his radiate head in profile to the left; the reverse with the sign of Chnoubis, framed by his name in Greek: XNOYBIC
7/8 in. (2.2 cm.) diameter
Private Collection, England, 1990s.
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For similar examples see nos. 500-502 in Henig, Classical Gems, Ancient and Modern Intaglios and Cameos in the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.
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