Intaglio ringstone

This Roman ringstone is made from a type of stone called obsidian. It is engraved on both sides and around the bevelled edge. One side is a double-headed serpent wearing a head ornament. Around this image is a partly legible inscription and a star. On the other side is Anubis, the ancient Egyptian jackal-headed god. He stands unclothed facing left with his forearms raised in a gesture of adoration. This side also has a partly legible inscription and three stars next to the image. This will have been a magical or religious amulet but its meaning is uncertain. The symbols may represent victory, power, poisoning, death and resurrection or rebirth.

Object Summary

Accession Loan No.
Collection Class
Foreign archaeology
Collection Area Region
North Africa
Collector Excavator
Montague, Lieutenant Colonel Leopold Agar Denys (from the collection of)
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Common Name
intaglio ringstone
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Period Classification
Roman Imperial - 31 BC-476 AD
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intaglio ringstone depicting serpent with human head