Obv. Youthful figure, beardless, standing to l., wearing headcloth, and wrapped from shoulders to knees in close folds resembling the coils of a snake; yet head and tail of the reptile are missing. There is an amusing resemblance to the little "Michelin man" of a well-known French advertisement. Six lines curve downward from the coils. There are a few non-Greek characters along the margin at l. and r., and a six-pointed star made with interlaced triangles at bottom. The design is discussed at p. 147
, n. 45. If the stone is genuine, no satisfactory explanation of it has been offered. If it is a forgery, it is not a recent one; the fact that the edges have been ground down, thus damaging the star and characters, suggests that the stone was worn for some time before it was fitted to a smaller setting.
Bloodstone. Upright oval, 18 X 15 Χ 4. Obv. flat, rev. convex.
Compare Capello, Prodromus Ιconicus 212; Chiflet, Pl. 25, 103, is more elaborate and is inscribed on the reverse.
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