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Egypt - Ptolemaic & Roman ~332 BCE -641 CE

Cup of the Ptolemies - Sardonyx, from Alexandria, 1st century BCE - 1st century CE. Cabinet des Medailles, Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris.

The Gonzaga Cameo 3rd century BC Alexandria; h 15.7 cm This cameo, a rare example of the large 'dynastic' stones of the Hellenistic age, was created in the 3rd century BC in Alexandria. The rulers of Egypt, King Ptolemy II Philadelphus and his wife Arsinoe, are portrayed as gods from the Greek pantheon.

A Pendant: Gold, glass paste, garnet. Ptolemaic and Roman, 2nd-1st cent. B.C. and 3rd-4th cent. A.D. Within a frame of hammered sheet gold, a relief of blue glass paste in the shape of a temple: stylised uraeus frieze crowned by a sun-disk, supported on two papyrus columns. In the interior of the structure, a standing god. Drop-shaped garnets set in the frame. Pearls, shell inlays, and one garnet teardrop restored; gold sheet slightly damaged. Blue glass relief Ptolemaic, setting Roman.

AN EGYPTIAN GOLD SNAKE BRACELET Ptolemaic Period, 304-30 B.C. Formed from a solid rod, lenticular in section, curved into an open hoop that forms the body of a snake, its head curved back and projecting outward, the tail coiled into two opposing loops, the scales of head and tail, both the top and underside, indicated by chasing and punching, with a triangular head, the eyes beaded 3 in. (7.6 cm.) wide

Bracelet with Spirally Twisted Stands and a Herakles Knot at the Bezel Gold, 2nd century AD Said to be from Lower Egypt

Diadem (Getty Museum); gold, glass paste, pearl, garnet and carnelian. Greek, Alexandria, Egypt, 220 - 100 B.C.

Bracelet with Agathodaimon, Isis-Tyche, Aphrodite, and Terenouthis; gold. Roman Period, Egypt, 1st century BC-1st century AD. "Powerful talismans of fertility and good destiny are woven into this rich golden composition. The bodies of two snakes intertwine to form a Herakles knot, the centerpiece of this bracelet. The snake represents Agathodaimon, & the cobra represents Terenouthis, two deities associated with Serapis & Isis. Between them stand 2 goddesses, Isis-Tyche, and Aphrodite."

Ensemble of Jewelry (Getty Museum); gold, carnelian, and glass paste. Greek, Alexandria, Egypt, 220 - 100 B.C.

Hoop earrings with disk and with conical pendant of balls and granules, Roman period, Egypt, 2nd-3rd century AD

Miniature broad collar Period: Macedonian and Ptolemaic Period Date: 332–222 B.C. Geography: Egypt, Eastern Delta, probably Tukh el-Qaramus Medium: gold, carnelian, turquoise, lapis lazuli

AN EGYPTIAN GOLD AND GARNET FINGER RING PTOLEMAIC PERIOD, CIRCA 3RD CENTURY B.C. The plain gold hoop flat on the interior, rounded on the exterior, expanding to the shoulders, the stepped oval bezel set with a flat stone engraved with the head of a woman, likely a Ptolemaic queen, in profile to the left, her himation pulled up over her head as a veil, a row of locks framing her face, with a strong jawline and a prominent nose