- Identification and Creation
- Object Number
- Intaglio: Eagle Holding Animal
- Work Type
- 2nd-4th Century
- Roman Imperial period
- Persistent Link
- Physical Descriptions
- 1.4 x 1.9 cm (9/16 x 3/4 in.)
- Inscriptions and Marks
inscription: in the field on the front,
Six lines of gibberish text on the reverse using Greek characters,
MH .. CAAAB .. /
- inscription: in the field on the front,
- 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
- Object Number
- Asian and Mediterranean Art
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- Red jasper intaglio with a bird flying left. The bird holds a many-legged animal in its talons. A scarab with a sundisk approaches from the left, and the inscription "EKBA" is in the field above the bird and other letters below the beetle. On the other side is the gibberish or "voces magicae" inscription in Greek letters surrounded by a beveled edge.
- Publication History
Simone Michel, Die magischen Gemmen: Zu Bildern und Zauberformeln auf geschnittenen Steinen der Antike und Neuzeit, Akademie Verlag (Berlin, Germany, 2004), 342, no. 55.2.d (as Sossidi 12).
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