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Identification and Creation
Object Number
2012.1.143
Title
Intaglio: Aphrodite Anadyomene
Classification
Gems
Work Type
gem
Date
2nd-4th Century
Period
Roman Imperial period
Culture
Roman
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/147115
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Jasper
Technique
Intaglio
Dimensions
1.9 cm (3/4 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • inscription: in Greek, four lines on the reverse,
    H XAP/IC TH / ΦOPO/VCH
Provenance
Eleftherios Sossidi, Hamburg, (between 1955-65 - 1990's), sold; [through Sotheby's sale 7742, New York, December 7, 2001, lot 314]; to The Alice Corinne McDaniel Collection, Department of the Classics, Harvard University (2001-2012), transfer; to the Harvard Art Museums, 2012.

Note: E. Sossidi (1913-1992) worked in Cairo from 1958-1968.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Transfer from the Alice Corinne McDaniel Collection, Department of the Classics, Harvard University
Accession Year
2012
Object Number
2012.1.143
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
Yellow and red jasper intaglio, with a carving of Aphrodite Anadyomene standing frontal, head turned to the left, nude and arms raised to touch her shoulders. On the reverse is a Greek inscription that translates as "blessed be she who wears this" surrounded by a beveled edge.

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