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Jasper intaglio: Seated Serapis on crocodile

2nd century A.D.
Jasper, green
Other: 3/4 x 9/16 x 1/16 in. (1.9 x 1.4 x 0.2 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Miss Helen Miller Gould, 1910
Accession Number:
Not on view
On the obverse, Ouroboros enclosing Serapis on throne above a crocodile; above, scarab; below, mummy of Osiris carried on the back of a lion. On the reverse side, scarabs, hawks, goats, crocodiles, snakes, grouped in threes.
Inscription: On obv., in Greek, meaningless series of letters
Barry, M. Léon. 1906. "Notice sur quelques pierres gnostiques." Annales du Service des Antiquité, 7: p. 241.

Bonner, Campbell. 1950. Studies in Magical Amulets, Chiefly Graeco-Egyptian, University of Michigan Studies, Humanistic Series, Vol. 49. no. 356, p. 314, pl. 19, Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.

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