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viii. Apollo reposing after his victory over Marsyas. He rests his lyre
upon the head of Themis, the original patroness of Delphi, who holds
forth a branch of the fagus— chestnut-tree—whereof was woven the garland, prize in the Delphic Games. Sard ; slightly enlarged.
P. 13. Queen Elizabeth's Agate, described at p. 10.
21. The Sassanian imperial standard: a favourite seal-device under that
monarchy. Its meaning is placed out of doubt by the legend " Afzud
direfesh," " Long live the royal banner," frequently accompanying it.
The symbol appears to denote the sun and moon conjoined and placed upon
a tripod ; the same being also an ancient Buddhist device. Pehlevi
legend, not yet interpreted. Almandine.
26. The " Golden Å " of Delphi ; the sacred number Five : also
explained as implying et, " Thou art," addressed to the Deity.
Originally a Hindoo caste-mark (of the votaries of Vishnu), but placed
in another position so as to admit of a Grecian significance.
P. 36. Silenus ivy-crowned. Sard.
P. 39. Dolphin and trident : the letters in the field probably refer to the owner of the signet. Sard.
P. 42. Mithraic genius, holding the sacred asp, and situla of holy water : addressed in the legend on the reverse as the god Phren, the Egyptian title of the Sun. Green Jasper.
·Ñ. 49. Amulet against the Evil-eye : representing that dreaded object surrounded by the attributes of the deities to whom the seven days
of the week are consecrated ; whose protection is thus secured to the
wearer. An interesting memorial of the present naming of the week-days
being already established in the second century, the date of this
P. 69. Sassanian princess : the crescent in the field