Ancient Roman Antique

2nd 3rd century AD Ancient Roman Gnostic Magical Gem Lapis-Lazuli Aphrodite

2nd 3rd century AD Ancient Roman Gnostic Magical Gem Lapis-Lazuli Aphrodite
2nd 3rd century AD Ancient Roman Gnostic Magical Gem Lapis-Lazuli Aphrodite
2nd 3rd century AD Ancient Roman Gnostic Magical Gem Lapis-Lazuli Aphrodite
2nd 3rd century AD Ancient Roman Gnostic Magical Gem Lapis-Lazuli Aphrodite
2nd 3rd century AD Ancient Roman Gnostic Magical Gem Lapis-Lazuli Aphrodite
2nd 3rd century AD Ancient Roman Gnostic Magical Gem Lapis-Lazuli Aphrodite
2nd 3rd century AD Ancient Roman Gnostic Magical Gem Lapis-Lazuli Aphrodite

2nd 3rd century AD Ancient Roman Gnostic Magical Gem Lapis-Lazuli Aphrodite    2nd 3rd century AD Ancient Roman Gnostic Magical Gem Lapis-Lazuli Aphrodite
This is an exceptionally rare ancient Roman magical gem, dating to the 2nd - 3rd century A. It is cut in intaglio with an image of Aphrodite wringing out her hair, around inscribed ABRA CAZ (Abracadabra).

The back of the gem is cut in intaglio with a representation of scarab, around IAW. Similar gems in the Campbell Bonner Magical Gems Database, CBd-480, CBd-478 and CBd-477. The image of Aphrodite Anadyomene, refers to "Venus Rising From the Sea", the use of blue lapis-lazuli indicates the waves. A very nice ancient gem and highly recommended!

2nd - 3rd century A. 20.35mm x 15.87mm x 2.65mm.

Formerly in a private collection, Marseille. This intaglio is unconditionally guaranteed to be an ancient original example and to date from the period described. A certificate of authenticity will be supplied on request.

The item "2nd 3rd century AD Ancient Roman Gnostic Magical Gem Lapis-Lazuli Aphrodite" is in sale since Sunday, February 16, 2020. This item is in the category "Antiques\Antiquities\Roman". The seller is "wear-the-past" and is located in Bath.

This item can be shipped worldwide.
  • Provenance: Formerly in a private collection Marseille. France
  • Material: Lapis Lazuli
  • Featured Refinements: Roman Intaglio

2nd 3rd century AD Ancient Roman Gnostic Magical Gem Lapis-Lazuli Aphrodite    2nd 3rd century AD Ancient Roman Gnostic Magical Gem Lapis-Lazuli Aphrodite