This impressive, scholarly two-volume work publishes the entire
collection of 649 magical gems in the British Museum, the largest
collection in the world. Arranged chronologically, the catalogue
begins with Egyptian gems which present religious images and/or
inscriptions dedicated to the sun or moon. Much of the volume
catalogues Jewish and Christian gems that depict motifs of the
zodiac, medicinal magic and religious subjects and deities,
themes which continued on magical gems into the modern period.
Each entry includes an illustration and a detailed description of
the composition, material, associated information from papyri and
magical texts and a discussion of the magical properties and
powers evoked by the gem. The index and plates are presented in
the second volume. German text.
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well worth the wait..a handsomely produced large-format two-volume work that offers both a drawing and a black-and-white photograph of each gem, as well as additional color photographs of about 90 of them. In its format, attention to detail, and superb photography, this volume is clearly a direct descendent of the AGD series.' (Christopher A. Faraone American Journal of Archaeology Online Book Review)
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