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This is an ancient Roman carnelian intaglio, dating to the 2nd - 3rd century A.D. The nicely cut feminine figure, draped and crowned, holds a situle with the right hand and a sistrum with the left hand. Goddess Isis in her role as mother and creator was depicted holding a situle, symbolizing the flooding of the Nile, in one hand and a sistrum in the other. A rare magical gem referring to a priestess of the Isis cult.
DATE: c. 2nd - 3rd century A.D.
SIZE: 12.36mm x 9.45mm x 3.22mm
WEIGHT: 0.45 grams
PROVENANCE: Ex. property of a private collector, France.