ROMAN ASTROLOGICAL ‘MAGIC’ GEM
A large flat elliptical carnelian engraved with a tableau of the planets. From the left, Venus as a five pointed star, Mercury holding his Caduceus and wearing his Petasos (a traveler’s cap), Jupiter in the guise of the Imperial Eagle, Neptune with his shaggy hair and Trident, and Mars with his spear and wearing a helmet. The twelve signs of the Zodiac are depicted in a compartmentalized band about the perimeter of the scene.
3rd Century AD intact,
24 x 29.5 x 2 mm (1 x 1 3/16 x 1/14")
London private collection of Mr. D.H., by 1986.
BRAFA Art Fair. (Brussels, 26 Jan- 2 Feb 2020)
Antiquarium, Ltd.; Ancient Treasures XVIII (London, 2019) p.44
Campbell Bonner Magical Gems Database (CBd) no. 4325
The British Museum reg. no. 1907, 0717.1