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  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Description

    Intaglio; red jasper, engraved with an anchor with dolphin upon the shaft; inscribed.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 3rdC-4thC
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 50 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Script

      • Inscription Position

      • Inscription Language

      • Inscription Content

      • Inscription Translation

        May you be successful.
  • Curator's comments

    Text from Dalton 1915, Catalogue of Engraved Gems:
    Garrucci, Storia dell' arte cristiana, pl. 477, fig. 30; Smith and Cheetham, Dict. of Christian Antiquities, i, p. 714.
    The inscription may either give the name of the owner Epitynchanus in the genitive, or, as Leclerque thinks, the imperative of Epitynchanusthai (Greek characters) with the sense of 'take hold' (Manuel d'archéologie chrétienne, ii, fig. 292, p. 380).


  • Bibliography

    • Dalton 1901 4 bibliographic details
    • Dalton 1915 505 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number


Intaglio; red jasper; anchor with dolphin upon the shaft; inscribed.


Intaglio; red jasper; anchor with dolphin upon the shaft; inscribed.

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