Catalogue of the Engraved Gems and Rings in the Collection of Joseph Mayer, F.S.A.

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Joseph Mayer, 1879 - Gems - 120 pages
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Page 61 - GOD, the mighty, the wise : cast down now thy rod. And when he saw it, that it moved, as though it had been a serpent, he retreated, and fled, and returned not. And God said...
Page x - And thou shalt take two onyx stones, and grave on them the names of the children of Israel...
Page 65 - GOD, that which cannot profit you at all, neither can it hurt you ? Fie on you: and upon that which ye worship besides GOD ! Do ye not' understand ? They said, Burn him, and avenge your gods : if ye do this it will be well. And when Abraham was cast into the burning pile, we said, O fire, be thou cold, and a preservation unto Abraham. And they sought to lay a plot against him : but we caused them to be the sufferers.
Page 19 - Pan appears as an active leaper and dancer 4 (exicrnrrif), as the amusing buffoon in the cycle of Dionysus, the impetuous lover of nymphs, but also the teacher of the youthful Olympus on the syrinx — contrasts of tender, youthful beauty, with rude, stern, woodland nature, for which Greek art cherished an especial affection. The groups in 5 which a good-natured panisc plucks a thorn from the foot of a satyr (which race, as being of a higher breed, practises all manner of tricks with the Pans...
Page 62 - Go ye therefore unto him, and say, Verily we are the messengers of thy Lord: wherefore send the children of Israel with us, and do not afflict them. Now are we come unto thee with a sign from thy Lord: and peace be upon him who shall follow the true direction.
Page x - Daniel had been cast, to be sealed "with his own signet and with the signet of his lords, that the purpose might not be changed concerning Daniel" (Dan. vi. 17). In the present case, however, it would seem that it was not in the exercise of a constitutional right, but by a voluntary act on the part of the king, that the nobles were associated with him in the edict which he issued. Kalisch...
Page 52 - Here we see one of the pillars of Hermes, on which that god had engraved all knowledge. This beast was sacred to him, for the genuine species had an instinctive liking for pen and ink, says Horapollo (p. 44). The pillars of Hermes still survive in the Masonic insignia, but they have been Judaized into Solomon's Jachin and Boaz.
Page 9 - SOTER. 1. O M 10. Didrachmon. Plate XIV., Fig. 7. Author, 145 grs. Thomas, No. 1. Obv.—Bare diademed head of king to right, with chlamys on the shoulders. Circular Greek legend, BA2IAEO2 2OTHPO2 EPMAIOY. Rev.—The Olympian Zeus seated on throne half turned to left, holding a sceptre in his left hand, and extending his right hand to the front. In field to left No. 100 monogram. Circular Ariau legend, Mah&rdjasa tradatasa Hermayasa.
Page 87 - Birago, of Milan, is another claimant; he engraved a portrait of Don Carlos and the Spanish arms on a diamond as a seal. The former is said to have cut the arms of Philip II., on the same hard material. In England, about i557, Jacobus Thronus is said by Gori to have engraved Queen Mary's arms.

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