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Oval gem with rooster-headed, snake-legged deity in armor, holding a whip

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Green jasper. Intaglio. The rooster-headed, snake-legged deity is clad in a Roman chestplate (cuirass). He holds an Egyptian flail in his right hand and a small round shield in his left. The shield bears the name "IAW" (Jahweh, the Jewish god) as a protective emblem. This mysterious...

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Provenance

By date unknown: with Frank Sternberg AG, Schanzengasse 10, CH-8001 Zurich, Switerland; purchased on behalf of MFA at Frank Sternberg Auction 35, Hotel Eden au Lac, Zurich, October 28-29, 2000, lot 1282 by Classical Numismatic Group, Inc., 1102 Millersville Pike, Lancaster, PA 17603; December 13, 2000: purchased by MFA from Classical Numismatic Group, Inc.

Credit Line

Gift of the Estate of Dana Estes, by exchange

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

Dimensions

Length x width: 18 x 15 mm (11/16 x 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

2000.991

Medium or Technique

Jasper

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Gems