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Amulet with Ouroboros (Snake Biting Tail)
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Amulet with Ouroboros (Snake Biting Tail)

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Description This oval amulet is carved intaglio and depicts an ouroboros enclosing inscriptions and three magical characters (in this case, ring-signs). On the obverse the inscription runs parallel to the long dimension. The reverse is plain.
  • Early Christian and Byzantine Art. Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore. 1947.
Provenance Henry Walters, New York [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Sadie Jones (Mrs. Henry Walters), New York, 1931, by inheritance; Mrs. Henry Walters Sale, Joseph Brummer, New York, 1942; Walters Art Museum, 1942, by purchase.
Inscriptions [Transcription] Parallel to long dimension on obverse: Іαω πάντων δέσποτα; [Translation] Iao lord of all; [Inscription] On bottom 7 vowels.
Credit Museum purchase [formerly part of the Walters Collection], 1942

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3rd-6th century
brown mottled carnelian
(Precious Stones & Gems)
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H: 7/8 x W: 1 1/4 x D: 3/16 in. (2.2 x 3.1 x 0.4 cm)
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