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Engraved Gemstone with Capricorn

This gemstone was almost certainly inserted into a ring and used as a seal. The image carved into it refers to the celestial constellation Capricorn, which is also one of the four cardinal zodiac signs. The figure of Capricorn conventionally is depicted as a fish-tailed goat: in this example, the gem carver took great care to differentiate between the textures of hair and fish scales.

Engraved Gemstone with Capricorn
Imperial period, 1st century BC–2nd century AD
L. 5/8 in. (1.7 cm), W. 9/16 in. (1.5 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Burton Y. Berry Collection, 66.36.18