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Silver Roundel Inscribed and Decorated with a High Relief Head - X.0724
Origin: Mediterranean
Circa: 200 AD to 600 AD
Dimensions: 3.5" (8.9cm) high x 3.5" (8.9cm) wide
Collection: Classical Antiquities
Medium: Silver

Additional Information: HK. Art Logic--Christie's (New York) 2004, The Morven Collection of Ancient Art, Lord McAlpine of West Green, England, with Royal-Athena Galleries (New York) 1988

Location: UAE
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This high-relief piece depicts the head (and low- relief body) of a bearded man of uncertain identity, although he may be either a religious figure such as John the Baptist, or perhaps one of the Late Byzantine emperors. The Greek inscription suggests that the piece played a protective role, perhaps in a high- status household: LIKINNIS NENEDOS BOTRANOS APEDOKA TO DIEITEN EUKHEN HUPER SOTERIAS TES OIKIAS Translation: Likinnis Nenedos Botranos: I have given prayer [offering] for safety of the house. - (X.0724)


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