Neo-Babylonian Carnelian Intaglio with Cultic Scene

GBP 500.00

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Object Description

A beautiful example of a Neo-Babylonian red carnelian oval-shaped intaglio, featuring a flat, unworked reverse. The intaglio has been finely engraved with the depiction of bearded male figure, portrayed wearing a traditional conical cap and standing in profile in front of an altar or podium. The space surrounding the figure has been filled with carved religious and cultic symbols. Although the true identity behind the figure remains a mystery, the figure might be identified as a priest, a worshipper or as the Babylonian and Assyrian god Nabu, patron of writing and wisdom. The intaglio would have been originally intended to be mounted on a ring and used as a seal.

Date: Circa 1st Millennium BC

Object History

Provenance: From the property of a London gentleman; thence by descent; previously in an important private Mayfair, London collection, acquired after 1970.

Object Condition

Condition: Very fine condition, with one minor chip to one edge.

Object Details

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  • dimensions
    H:1.5 centimeters

Dealer Opening Times

By appointment only.

Dealer Contact

+44 (0)208 364 4565
+44 (0)7833231322

Dealer Location

The Gallery
Trent Park Equestrian Centre
Eastpole Farm House, Bramley Road
Oakwood, N14 4UW, United Kingdom

St James's Ancient Art
10 Charles II Street, Ground Floor
St James

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