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Oval gem with Chnoubis

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Intaglio. Lion-headed serpent; the tail makes a double loop. Seven double rays project from the lion head. Chnoubis is a solar deity common on magical gems. Inscribed in Greek on obverse: XMOU / MIC (Chmoumis, a variant of Chnoubis). Inscribed in Greek on reverse: Z M X above the Chnoubis...

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By date unknown: Mrs. Charles B. Perkins Collection; May 15, 1952: gift of Mrs. Charles B. Perkins to MFA

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Gift of Mrs. Charles B. Perkins

Roman, Imperial Period, mid 2nd–3rd century


Length x width: 17 x 13.5 mm (11/16 x 9/16 in.)

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The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Gems