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Ancient Amulets

Roman, Syro-Palestinian, Glass Miniature Juglet Amulet, c. 4th Century A.D.

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From the collection of Alex G. Malloy, former dealer in antiquities for 40 years. Ex Robert Haas collection. This and a few other ex Haas miniature jug amulets offered here may be ex Kofler-Truniger lot 204. They appear to be some of the same pieces but it is difficult to be certain from the small black and white catalog photo.

"Freestanding zigzag" is a decorative techinque consisting of a freestanding coil, usually zigzagged between the rim of the vessel and the shoulder forming an open lattice free standing above the vessel's neck. On this example it is standing over the body, elevated by two coils.

In the Ernesto Wolf Collection, Marianne Stern argues the distribution of this type of juglets, from the Holy Land to western Europe, indicates they were produced in Palestine as early Christian amulets and taken as relics or souvenirs from holy areas.
AG32442. Holyland glass juglet amulet; cf. Corning Museum of Glass III 962 (a gift to the museum from Robert Haas), Kofler-Truniger lot 204, Superb, a true Gem!, 2.5 cm (1"), dark blue glass body with coil at shoulder and another low on the base; clear glass rim, open handle and freestanding zigzag ornamentation forming lattice cage above the body; $180.00 (Ä153.00)


Egyptian, Carved Aqua Blue Stone Frog Amulet, New Kingdom, 1567 - 1085 B.C.

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The frog was a symbol of the Egyptian goddess of birth, Heget. Her priestesses were midwives and women often wore frog amulets during childbirth. Heget was said to have breathed life in to the new body of Horus and some of her amulets include the phrase, "I am the resurrection." Curiously, early Christians adopted the frog as a symbol of Christ's resurrection.
AS34523. Frog amulet; 1.6 cm (5/8") long; semi-clear aqua blue stone, seated, holed for suspension, Superb, very rare; SOLD


Roman (Nemausus?), Bronze Phallic Amulet, 2nd Century A.D.

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From the collection of Alex G. Malloy, former dealer in antiquities for 40 years.

"The Worship of the Generative Powers" by Thomas Wright (1866) discusses phallic worship, which appears to have flourished across the Empire, especially at Nemausus, modern Nimes in the south of France. At Nemausus the symbols of this worship appeared in bizarre fanciful sculptures on the walls of its amphitheater and on other buildings. An engraving from Wright's book, shown here, depicts a Roman bas relief found on a monument at Nimes, on which a penis forms the tail of a crested bird that sits upon a nest of egg-like vulvas. This amulet is likely related to worship at Nemausus.
Alexander's Empire
AS36085. Bronze erotic phallic amulet; 4 cm long; male figure (a squirrel?), arms together out front, standing on large erect phallus (the squirrel's tail?), Superb, very strange!; of greatest rarity; SOLD







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