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Lot n° 67

Encolpion en cristal de roche gravé...

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Encolpion in rock crystal engraved with a Christ-like scene.

The medallion consists of two lenses of rock crystal, one of which is engraved in intaglio, joined and maintained by a gold frame.

Scenes of the childhood of Christ in the lower register: Baptism by St. John the Baptist on the right, Virgin and Child on the left. In the center, bearded Zeus-Serapis crowned with two archangels on either side holding a sword. Above, the sun and the moon. Zeus-Serapis represents here the resurrected Christ.
A particularly rare example of synchetism where paganism tried to incorporate elements of the surrounding Christianity.

3rd century

H: 5,4 - W: 3,7 cm.
Weight encolpion: 43 g. - Weight gold chain: 15,9 g.

Provenance:
Collection of the Count of Puytison
Acquired by the current owner in 1989
(back plate damaged)

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