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magical gem / intaglio

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1986,0501.1

  • Description

    Magical gem; intaglio; green-brown jasper; oval; bevelled edge on side B.

    Side A: Crucified figure on a tall cross with a short base. The wrists are tied to the cross, feet held as if hanging in the air, bearded head with long hair in profile to left. Letters in the free field, above the head of the figure. Inscription in eight lines to the left and right of the image.
    Side B: Rest of an inscription in ten lines.

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  • Date

    • 2ndC-3rdC
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 30 millimetres
    • Width: 25 millimetres
    • Thickness: 6 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Script

        Greek
      • Inscription Position

        obverse
      • Inscription Language

        Greek
      • Inscription Content

        ΠΑΤΗΡΙΗ / CΟΥΧΡΙCΤΕ / CΟΑΜΝWΑ / ΜWΑWΙΑ / .CΗΙΟΥW / .ΑΡΤΑΝΝΑ /..ΥCΙΟΥ / ..Ι...
      • Inscription Translation

        πατήρ Ἰησοῦ Χριστέ
        Father, Jesus Christ...
      • Inscription Comment

        In eight lines.
      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Script

        Greek
      • Inscription Position

        reverse
      • Inscription Language

        Greek
      • Inscription Content

        ΙWΕ / ΕΥΑΕΥΙΙ / .ΙΟΥΙCΥΕ / .ΑΔΗΤΟΦΝ / ΘΙΕCCΕΤCΚΗΕ / .ΜΑΝΑΥΗΛΑ / CΤΡΑΠΣCΤΚΜΗ / ΦΜΕΙΘWΑΡ / ΜΕΜΠΕ / ....
      • Inscription Translation

        Variations of the names "Ἰησούς" (Jesus) and " Εμμανουήλ" (Emmanuel).
      • Inscription Comment

        Ιn ten lines.
      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Script

        Greek
      • Inscription Position

        obverse, above figure's head
      • Inscription Language

        Greek
      • Inscription Content

        YIE
      • Inscription Translation

        ὑιέ
        Son!
  • Bibliography

    • Spier 2007 443 bibliographic details
    • Michel 2001 457 bibliographic details
    • Spier et al. 2007 55 bibliographic details
    • CBd 815 (http://classics.mfab.hu/talismans/cbd/815) bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:

    2007 18 Nov-2008 30 Mar, USA, Fort Worth, Kimbell Art Museum, Picturing the Bible: The Earliest Christian Art

  • Condition

    Chipped on all sides.

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1986

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number

    1986,0501.1

Magical gem; intaglio; green-brown jasper; oval; bevelled edge; chipped on all sides; engraved on obverse: nude, crucified man with head to left; inscribed on both sides.

Magical gem; intaglio; green-brown jasper; oval; bevelled edge; chipped on all sides; engraved on obverse: nude, crucified man with head to left; inscribed on both sides.

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