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Identification and Creation
Object Number
2012.1.146
Title
Intaglio with Egyptian Symbols
Classification
Gems
Work Type
gem
Date
2nd-4th Century
Period
Roman Imperial period
Culture
Roman
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/77207
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Hematite
Technique
Intaglio
Dimensions
2.7 cm (1 1/16 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • inscription: in Greek, faintly, on the reverse,
    ΘAΔWA
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
2012.1.146
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
Oblong hematite intaglio with shallow carvings. One side bears Egyptian symbols, with a scarab beetle flying over a phoenix. The phoenix has a sun or nimbus behind its head and a star on either side. It stands on a pyre, with a crocodile below and is flanked by rearing serpents. On the other side is an inscription written vertically 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), 322, no. 43.1 (as Sossidi 8), pl. 76.1.

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