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Lot 0087
Roman Amethyst Intaglio with a Hippalectryon (Grillos), 1st-2nd Century A.D.
Body of a rooster, head and neck of a horse, the front of the body with the face of a silenus.

An early representation of the winged horse Pegasus. In Graeco-Roman art, such compositions are called grylloi. These were usually engraved on intaglios and were designed to protect the wearer and diminishing the power of evil.

Size:1.6 cm L - 5/8 inch
Material:Amethyst
Culture:Roman, 2nd-3rd Century A.D.
Provenance: British private collection of a lady, acquired by her late husband in the 1980s.

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Roman Amethyst Intaglio with a Hippalectryon (Grillos),

Estimate $900 - $1,200Nov 14, 2018