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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 loincloth. He holds an Egyptian flail in his right hand and a shield in his left. This mysterious anguipede (snake-legged) figure is common on magical gems. Inscribed on obverse: IAW (Jahweh) Inscribed on reverse:...

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By date unknown: with Frank Sternberg AG, Schanzengasse 10, CH-8001 Zurich, Switerland; purchased on behalf of MFA by Classical Numismatic Group, Inc., 1102 Millersville Pike, Lancaster, PA 17603 at Frank Sternberg Auction 35, Hotel Eden au Lac, Zurich, October 28-29, 2000, lot 1284; December 13, 2000: purchased by MFA from Classical Numismatic Group, Inc.

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Gift of Charles Greely Loring, by exchange

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


Length x width: 18 x 15 cm (7 1/16 x 5 7/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Gems