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Identification and Creation
Object Number
2012.1.144
Title
Intaglio: Serpent-Headed god
Classification
Gems
Work Type
gem
Date
2nd-4th Century
Period
Roman Imperial period
Culture
Roman
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/77226
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Jasper
Technique
Intaglio
Dimensions
2.1 cm (13/16 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • inscription: in five lines using Greek characters,
    BAIN/XWWWX / ABPAC / AΞ KKK / XM
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
2012.1.144
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
Red jasper intaglio showing a creature riding a lion. The creature, with the body of a human and seven snake heads, sits facing left, holding a flail in its left hand and a was-scepter in its right. In the field above, there are two crescent moons flanking a star, and in the field at left there are two characters. On the other side is a "voces magicae" Greek inscription followed by characters and 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. 42.4.a (as Sossidi 10), pl. 59.2.

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