magical gem / intaglio
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.
- Made in: Mediterranean (eastern Mediterranean)
- Height: 30 millimetres
- Width: 25 millimetres
- Thickness: 6 millimetres
Inscription ContentΠΑΤΗΡΙΗ / CΟΥΧΡΙCΤΕ / CΟΑΜΝWΑ / ΜWΑWΙΑ / .CΗΙΟΥW / .ΑΡΤΑΝΝΑ /..ΥCΙΟΥ / ..Ι...
Inscription Translationπατήρ Ἰησοῦ Χριστέ
Father, Jesus Christ...
Inscription CommentIn eight lines.
Inscription ContentΙWΕ / ΕΥΑΕΥΙΙ / .ΙΟΥΙCΥΕ / .ΑΔΗΤΟΦΝ / ΘΙΕCCΕΤCΚΗΕ / .ΜΑΝΑΥΗΛΑ / CΤΡΑΠΣCΤΚΜΗ / ΦΜΕΙΘWΑΡ / ΜΕΜΠΕ / ....
Inscription TranslationVariations of the names "Ἰησούς" (Jesus) and " Εμμανουήλ" (Emmanuel).
Inscription CommentΙn ten lines.
Inscription Positionobverse, above figure's head
Not on display
2007 18 Nov-2008 30 Mar, USA, Fort Worth, Kimbell Art Museum, Picturing the Bible: The Earliest Christian Art
Chipped on all sides.
Britain, Europe and Prehistory
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Object reference number: MCB3545
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