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Didier asks if this could be genuinely ancient.
L: 6.6 cm; W: 3.5 cm; H: 1.8 cm
Sold as a Roman- Egyptian scorpion. But doesn't have enough legs to be a scorpion.
The Egyptian representations of scorpions are invariably with the tail coiled over the back rather than to the side.
I agree with Didier in that it was probably a crocodile.
That said, the pattern on the back is not very reptilian.
Didier wonders it is weight as it is seemingly filled underneath with lead.
There are known small scorpion weights from Syria, but much smaller than this.
This from David Hendin's book.
I don't recall seeing such as this as a Roman weight.
I'd generally expect to see a suspension loop on a Roman (steelyard) weight if it were this sort of size.
Didier says that the rather odd looking patina is not properly firmly adherent. Indeed it doesn't look at all convincingly like an ancient patina on bronze.
Anyone recognize the thing?
I got this Canaanite scarab. It depicts a kneeling woman in front of what seems to be an altar with a crown on her head.
There are what seems to be 2 letters in Proto-Hebrew script above the altar.
It seems to be the letters are Gimel and Lamed. I was told by the seller that its dated to about 1000 BCE.
Here are my questions:
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