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.
5/1946/355
Category
Antiquities
Collection Class
Foreign archaeology
Collection Area Region
North Africa
Collector Excavator
Montague, Lieutenant Colonel Leopold Agar Denys (from the collection of)
Material
obsidian | | | |
Common Name
intaglio ringstone
Simple Name
ringstone
Period Classification
Roman Imperial - 31 BC-476 AD
Production Town

Production Person Initials

Production Person Surname

Production Year Low
100
Production Year High
300

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intaglio ringstone depicting serpent with human head