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Ring stone - Orange carnelian partially burned - Geranomachy

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Ring stone - Orange carnelian partially burned - GeranomachyRing stone - Orange carnelian partially burned - Geranomachy

Ring stone engraved with a geranomachy.
Orange carnelian partially burned. Length 1,5 cm.
Pygmy naked, with the exception of helmet and chlamys in the wind, standing front, holding a hemispherical shield and a sword, fighting a crane with spread wings, standing left, the neck in esse.
2nd century B.C. Italic people.
Intact.

Geranomachy is a widely spread myth in Eurasia, which tells the story of legendary pygmies fighting cranes. Pygmies are a people of Greek mythology. They were characterized by their very small size and lived in distant lands, whose location varied according to the authors, usually in southern Egypt, but sometimes in India.

For the theme, see M. Henig, The Lewis Collection of Gemstones, BAR Suppementary Series I (1975), 184.

From the R.T. collection (Munich, Germany) sinds 1958.

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