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Historical Archive: Personifications of the Sun (Sol) and Moon (Luna)


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Sun god in a quadriga, hematite intaglio, 1st-6th c., Kelsey 63.4.16, Bonner 227
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reverse of sun god: winged Victory, hematite intaglio, 1st-6th c., Kelsey 63.4.16, Bonner 227
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Sun: funerary altar of Julia Victorina from Rome, 75-100 CE, Louvre MA 1443
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Mithras relief from Fiano Romano, reverse: Mithras banqueting with Sol, 2nd or 3rd c., marble, Louvre MND 1911
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Mithras relief from Fiano Romano, reverse: Mithras banqueting with Sol, 2nd or 3rd c., marble, Louvre MND 1911
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Mithras relief from Fiano Romano, obverse: Mithras and the Bull, 2nd or 3rd c., marble, Louvre MND 1911
Julia Domna as Luna in biga, banded agate c.193-217 AD, BM1956/5-17/1
(Not yet digitized)
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Mithras and the Bull from Dormagen, c.200, limestone, RLM (Luna at upper right)
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Mithras and the Bull from Gimmeldingen, 325, Speyer Historisches Museum der Pfalz
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Mithras and the Bull from Gimmeldingen with dedicatory inscription, 325, Speyer Historisches Museum der Pfalz
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above center part: Passion sarcophagus, marble, c.350 CE, Vat 31525. This work has its own page.
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Harrach Diptych, front (bottom right), ivory with glass eyes, early 9th c., Schnütgen Museum Cologne
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back of Harrach Diptych (rotated 180 degrees), ivory, 1st half 8th c. (Merovingian period), Schnütgen Museum Cologne
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Crucifixion, crystal intaglio obverse, c.825-50, BM 67.7-5.14
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Crucifixion, obverse with ruler under reverse, crystal intaglio, c.825-50, BM 67.7-5.14
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Crucifixion, side view, crystal intaglio, c.825-50, BM 67.7-5.14
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Crucifixion, serpent, crystal intaglio (engraved reverse, image reversed for legibility), c.825-50, BM 67.7-5.14
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Crucifixion, crystal intaglio obverse, c.825-50, on Ste. Foi reliquary, Conques, abbey treasury
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Crucifixion, crystal intaglio obverse, c.825-50, on Ste. Foi reliquary, Conques, abbey treasury
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Ste. Foi reliquary (Majesté de Sainte Foi), 9th c. and later, Conques, abbey treasury
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Crucifixion ivory, Reims? c.825-50, Louvre OA 3936
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Crucifixion, crystal intaglio (unengraved reverse), c.825-950, on triptych 1850-61, V&A 7947-1862
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Reliquary triptych, 1850-61: copper, copper gilt, enamel, gems on wood. V&A 7947-1862
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Crucifixion, crystal intaglio (engraved reverse, image reversed for legibility), c.846-69, BM 55.3-5.1
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Crucifixion, crystal intaglio obverse, c. 850-900, Esztergom cathedral treasury 1964.1.1
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Crucifixion, crystal intaglio engraved reverse, c. 850-900, Esztergom cathedral treasury 1964.1.1
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Crucifixion, crystal intaglio side, c. 850-900, Esztergom cathedral treasury 1964.1.1
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Crucifixion, crystal intaglio (engraved reverse, image reversed for legibility), c.855-69, CdM 2167ter
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Crucifixion reverse in natural light, crystal intaglio, c.855-69, CdM 2167ter
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Crucifixion ivory, c.860-70?, V&A 303-1867
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Crucifixion, crystal intaglio, engraved reverse (image reversed for legibility), c.883-915, Freiburg im Breisgau, Augustinermuseum K13/D
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Standing cross (obverse), 15th-16th c., Freiburg im Breisgau, Augustinermuseum K13/D
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Comb of Heribert: Crucifixion, ivory, 2nd half of 9th c., Schnütgen Museum B 100
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Crucifixion and Maries at the Sepulchre, ivory, St. Gall or north Italy, 10th c., MAAB
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Crucifixion and Maries at the Sepulchre, ivory, St. Gall or north Italy, 10th c., MAAB
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Crucifixion and Maries at the Sepulchre, ivory, St. Gall or north Italy, 10th c., MAAB
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Crucifixion, walrus ivory, late 10th to early 11th c., BM MME 1980,12-1,1
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Crucifixion, walrus ivory, early 11th c., BM MME 1986,4-1,1
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Crucifixion capital, sandstone, 12th-c. Spain, MNW Śr. 379. For another view see MNW.
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Creation mosaic (retouched) c.1270-75, Baptistery of St. John, Florence. This work has its own pages.
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Adoration Magi and Cucifixion, ivory diptych, France c.1325-1350, Cluny Cl.15330-15331
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Deposition with stamp of Santiago de Compostella, silver and jet, 15th or 16th c., Louvre OA 11112