Matrix for a Gnostic Sealing
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
2nd-3rd century C.E.
Dynasty 25 to Dynasty 30
9/16 x 1 9/16 x 13/16 in. (1.5 x 4 x 2 cm) (show scale)
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Egyptian. Matrix for a Gnostic Sealing, 2nd-3rd century C.E. Metal, 9/16 x 1 9/16 x 13/16 in. (1.5 x 4 x 2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn Museum Collection, 77.128.2. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.77.128.2_back.jpg)
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One metal matrix from which so-called Gnostic sealings could be made. The main figure is Abraxas, the anguipede cock in armor. The matrix, itself of a silver colored metal, is set into a bronze colored metal. The main motif of the matrix, in sunken relief, is a representation of the serpent-footed rooster, with a human body- Abraxas. Gnostic symbols surround the representation which is facing to the left.
Condition: Both the matrix and the metal into which it is set are oval shaped. The back of the object may have originally contained a decoration in sunken relief as well but the surface is too effaced to make an educated guess about what once was there.
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