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Title: Worlds Apart?
Subtitle: A Sasanian Intaglio from the Province of Scythia
Author(s): NUŢU, George
Journal: Ancient West & East
Volume: 19 Date: 2020
A few years ago, a local from Babadag city brought an interesting carnelian to the Museum in Tulcea. The carnelian depicted two animals in a manner which was unusual in the Greek and Roman glyptic repertoire of the area located near the mouths of the Danube, where the gem was found. Obviously, this find raised questions about dating and more precisely, the question to which cultural milieu the artefact belonged. The search for parallels led to an unexpected area – the modern area of Iran, the core region of the Sasanian empire from which it was possible to find a small group of gemstones depicting a similar motif, scattered in collections of various museums from the Old and New World. The motif consists of two monkeys in a rampant position standing on their hind legs, a type dated to the 5th century AD.