Evil Eye Gem(s?)

Thinking about the evil eye in Roman culture for some lesson planning last night and this am. I came across these two impressions of ancient intaglios. One is said to have been taken in the 18th century in the Florentine Museum. The other is reported as taken from the Sammlung Stosch, W Cl VII 0127 = Staatliche Museen, Antikensammlung Berlin, Berlin, Deutschland, Inv.-Nr. FG 9722. The Florentine is said to be cut from the root of emerald. The Berlin intaglio is catalogued as a glass paste. Was the Berlin glasspaste made from the Florentine gem? Is the Florentine intaglio really another glass paste (I’m not sure what root of emerald means) made from the same mold as the Berlin example? Were glass pastes ever made as ‘fakes’ in the early modern period? Could the Berlin version be such?

Beazley archive image
Arachne image

A round up other evil eye iconography:

Mosaic from the House of the Evil Eye, Antioch, Syria. Via Sarah Bond’s Blog.
Detail of mosaic in Capitoline Museum found in Villa Casali (1889) inscribed: INTRANTIBUS HIC DEOS PROPITIOS ET BASILIC(AE) HILARIANAE. Arachne entry.
“An #apotropaic carving, Leptis Magna, Libya. A potent protective image: a centaur with a large phallus, phallic nose and trident, aided by a bird, snake and scorpion, attacks an ‘evil eye’. The meaning of MAL ER is debated” via Twitter. The Arachne entry says it is from the theatre at Homs, Libya.
Another example from Leptis Magna. Arachne entry.

Not a “brothel sign” but another example of an apotropaic carving from Leptis Magna.

Pendant in John Hopkins Museum. CF. BM 1814,0704.1172.
From Farone 2013
From Same.
Also called the Woburn relief and said to be in Woburn Abbey collection. From Same.

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