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

Roman
Imperial Period
mid 2nd–3rd century


Dimensions

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

Accession Number

2000.992

Medium or Technique

Jasper

On View

Anne and Blake Ireland Gallery (Gallery 210A)

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Gems

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: ADWNAI (Lord)

Provenance

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.

Credit Line

Gift of Charles Greely Loring, by exchange