Oval gem with Chnoubis

Roman
Imperial Period
mid 2nd–3rd century


Dimensions

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

Accession Number

52.534

Medium or Technique

Nephrite

On View

Anne and Blake Ireland Gallery (Gallery 210A)

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Gems

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 symbol (three characters similar to lightning bolts).

Provenance

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

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Charles B. Perkins