Roman Syro-Palestinian, Stamped Pendant, c. Mid 4th - Mid 5th Century A.D.
From the collection of , former dealer in antiquities for 40 years.
Many of these small medallions with stamped motifs and suspension loops, mass produced c. mid 4th to mid 5th century A.D., have been found, from , through the , and as far 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 bracelets and on bottles.
AA32391. pendant, cf. 871 (amber); 1.9 cm long, clear blue, facing of with snake hair, beautiful , loop broken, $50.00 (Ä44.50)
Egyptian, Carved Aqua Blue Stone Frog , , 1567 - 1085 B.C.
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
; 1.6 cm (5/8") long; semi-clear aqua blue stone, seated, holed for suspension, , very ; SOLD
Roman (?), Bronze Phallic , 2nd Century A.D.
AS36085. Bronze erotic phallic
; 4 cm long; male figure (a squirrel?), arms together out front, standing on large erect phallus (the squirrel's tail?), , very strange!; of greatest rarity; SOLD
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