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This is a sard gem engraved with a snail and a bird standing on its shell. This object dates from the Roman Imperial period (1st-3rd century) and is being kept in the Greek and Roman Antiquities Department of the British Museum [1].

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The snail is sinistral, with some axial markings on the last whorl; the animal is stylised, with two tentacles.

Note:
[1] BML, inv. [GRA] 1814.0704.1439. http://bit.ly/1lGgk4n.

 

 

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