Roman Banded Agate Intaglio
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A centaur playing an aulos. This likely identifies him as Pholus, one of the few "civilized" centaurs, a group better known for their violent, brutally uncontrollable behavior. Famously, Pholus befriended Herakels and taught him to play the instrument.

 

1st Century AD

 

Height: 10.44 mm

Width: 12.96 mm

 

ex: private European collection

 

Published:

Antiquarium Ltd.; Ancient Treasures XI. (New York, 2013) 

cf:  Zwierlein-Diehl, Erica ; Die Antiken Gemmen des Kunsthitorisches Museums in Wien. Bd.1: Die Gemmen von der Minoischen Zeit bis zur fruhen Romishcen Kaiserzeit (Munich, 1973) nos.259-261

 

 

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