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.