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Engraved bloodstone gem with a bird-like figure

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An image of Engraved gems. Magical amulet. Obverse: a figure with the body of humanoid shape, but otherwise bird-like. It has wings, which are extended, bird's legs and feet and a small avian head in profile to the left. A crown of rays and a nimbus recall the legendary phoenix, which is extensively alluded to on amulets. the reverse is blank. Intaglio cutting, bloodstone, 12 mm x 9 mm, circa 300-circa 500 AD. Roman Imperial.

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Engraved gems. Magical amulet. Obverse: a figure with the body of humanoid shape, but otherwise bird-like. It has wings, which are extended, bird's legs and feet and a small avian head in profile to the left. A crown of rays and a nimbus recall the legendary phoenix, which is extensively alluded to on amulets. the reverse is blank. Intaglio cutting, bloodstone, 12 mm x 9 mm, circa 300-circa 500 AD. Roman Imperial.

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  • Accession Number: CG 515
  • Photograph copyright © The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.
  • Aperture: f/29.0
  • Focal length: 120
  • Camera: Hasselblad H3DII-31
  • Photographer name: Jaymes Sinclair
  • Image height: 768 pixels
  • Image width: 1024 pixels
  • Processed with: Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5.4 (Windows)
  • Filesize: 52.21kB
  • Exposure time: 1/60
  • ISO Speed: 200
  • Fnumber: 29/1
  • Captured: 2014:05:07 10:19:04

Key words

4th Century 5th Century AD amulet antiquity birds bloodstone engraved gem feathered feathers finger ring Fitz_ANT gemstones green halo incised intaglio intaglio cutting jewellery jewelry magical amulet nimbus phoenix ring ringstone Roman Roman Imperial wings

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rgb(89,105,102), rgb(227,223,211), rgb(169,161,141), rgb(180,193,192), rgb(134,126,107), rgb(138,155,155), rgb(180,188,176), rgb(140,148,135), rgb(72,69,55), rgb(196,164,116), rgb(196,156,124)

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