Period / Age: ca. 3rd Century AD

Provenance: English Private collection. Dutch private collection P.S.


Diameter: 1.8cm (0.71”)

Magical hematite intaglio in oval shape with bevelled edge.

Engraved on obverse: ouroboros enclosing womb, key and roots. Above roots are figures of Anubis and Isis with four Greek letters in the field.

CONDITION: overall condition is perfect. The item is described to the best of our knowledge. Please refer to pictures and email with any questions.

OROBOROS: is often interpreted as a symbol for eternal cyclic renewal or a cycle of life, death, and rebirth. is an ancient symbol depicting a serpent or dragon eating its own tail. Originating in ancient Egyptian iconography, the ouroboros entered Western tradition via Greek magical tradition and was adopted as a symbol in Gnosticism and Hermeticism and most notably in alchemy.

ANUBIS: is the Greek name of the god of death, mummification, embalming, the afterlife, cemeteries, tombs, and the Underworld, in ancient Egyptian religion, usually depicted as a canine or a man with a canine head.

ISIS: is a goddess in Egyptian mythology. She was known as the goddess of the moon. As goddess of life and magic, Isis protected women and children, and healed the sick. Closely linked to the throne, she was one of the greatest goddesses of Ancient Egypt. Her symbols were the ankh, her wings, and her throne headdress.

Inscribed on the edge outside the ouroboros.

Inscribed on the reverse face with two lines of Greek text.