seal / intaglio
Elongated oval, irregular cabochon cut garnet intaglio with a flat back showing a crudely executed, draped, standing figure in profile, wearing a flat hat or helmet (?) and holding a staff. Three parallel horizontal lines extend behind the figure at thigh level. Moderate relief and perfunctorily engraved; lacks finish and detail.
- 1stC-5thC (circa)
- Made in: Afghanistan
- Found/Acquired: Kabul, bazaar?
- (Asia,Afghanistan,Kabul (province),Kabul)
- Height: 11 millimetres
- Width: 8 millimetres
- Thickness: 5 millimetres
E. Errington: A similar figure of a helmeted Zeus, holding a sceptre with right arm outstretched, occurs on Indo-Parthian coins of Sasan (c. AD 64-70). A better executed helmeted figure with a staff is also found on intaglio 1880.3542, from Hadda Stupa 10.
Probably purchased by Masson in Kabul bazaar, 1833-8.
- IM.Gems.43 (British Museum no.: India Museum collection)
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Object reference number: RRI12089
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