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Precious stone: O.33-1951

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Maker: Unknown




Oval cabochon garnet in a modern setting. Engraved with a youth holding a cornucopia. With a legend in Aramaic letters.

Description from Henig, Classical Gems:
Intaglio. Device: youthful male figure standing with his body to the front and facing right. Hi right hand is raised and he holds a cornucopia in his left. He is nude apart from the chlamys draped over his shoulders. Ground line. On the right is a Bactrian inscription, like 475 [CG 475] in a local form of Greek script, which Bivar suggests is to be read {phinaophorrn} FINAOFORRN, again presumably naming the owner.
The inscription was formerly read findoforriz by Humbach, although the fourth letter is clearly A, not {D}. Bivar regards the etymology as problematic, but suggests that the name might be the Persian panah-farn, 'refuge of glory', on the analogy of the surname, panah-khusru, 'refuge of emperors'.


History note: Found on a site on or near the north west frontier of India, Charsadda, the ancient capital of Gandhara

Legal notes

Given by Major General H. L. Haughton

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1951-10-18) by Haughton, H.L. Major-General


About 201 - About 300

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Identification numbers

Accession number: O.33-1951
Primary reference Number: 206671
Gem catalogue number: CG 476
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Created: Thursday 13 August 2015 Updated: Wednesday 28 December 2022 Last processed: Tuesday 13 June 2023

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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