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Ancient Amulets

Roman Syro-Palestinian, Glass Stamped Medallion Pendant, c. Mid 4th - Mid 5th Century A.D.

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From the collection of Alex G. Malloy, former dealer in antiquities for 40 years.

Many of these small glass medallions with stamped motifs and suspension loops, mass produced c. mid 4th to mid 5th century A.D., have been found, from Asia Minor, through the Levante, and as far west as Tunisia. Motifs are based on mythology, magic, and the Old and New Testaments. Colors include amber, blue, green and purple. They were used as pendants and earrings. The same stamps were also used on glass bracelets and on bottles.
AA32391. Glass pendant, cf. Corning III 871 (amber); 1.9 cm long, clear blue, facing head of Medusa with snake hair, beautiful iridescence, loop broken, $40.00 (Ä35.60)


Egyptian, Carved Aqua Blue Stone Frog Amulet, New Kingdom, 1567 - 1085 B.C.

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The frog was a symbol of the Egyptian goddess of birth, Heget. Her priestesses were midwives and women often wore frog amulets during childbirth. Heget was said to have breathed life in to the new body of Horus and some of her amulets include the phrase, "I am the resurrection." Curiously, early Christians adopted the frog as a symbol of Christ's resurrection.
AS34523. Frog amulet; 1.6 cm (5/8") long; semi-clear aqua blue stone, seated, holed for suspension, Superb, very rare; SOLD


Roman (Nemausus?), Bronze Phallic Amulet, 2nd Century A.D.

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From the collection of Alex G. Malloy, former dealer in antiquities for 40 years.

"The Worship of the Generative Powers" by Thomas Wright (1866) discusses phallic worship, which appears to have flourished across the Empire, especially at Nemausus, modern Nimes in the south of France. At Nemausus the symbols of this worship appeared in bizarre fanciful sculptures on the walls of its amphitheater and on other buildings. An engraving from Wright's book, shown here, depicts a Roman bas relief found on a monument at Nimes, on which a penis forms the tail of a crested bird that sits upon a nest of egg-like vulvas. This amulet is likely related to worship at Nemausus.
Alexander's Empire
AS36085. Bronze erotic phallic amulet; 4 cm long; male figure (a squirrel?), arms together out front, standing on large erect phallus (the squirrel's tail?), Superb, very strange!; of greatest rarity; SOLD







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