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Item:273894190162THE ITEM OFFERED FOR SALE IS A CARVED STONE NEAR EASTERN VOTIVE ONOLATRY ALTER WITH DONKEY DESIGN 1ST B.C - 2 A.D.I am presuming its a votive offering but could have been a house/family alter. It features a carved winged eye above a Donkey.Onolatry is the supposed worship of the donkey. In Imperial Rome, the charge of onolatry was used by the pagans to taunt the Jews and first Christians. The association of Jews with donkeys was a common feature of Hellenic as well as Latin ethnographic and historical writings, and included accusations of worshipping a golden donkey head and even sacrificing foreigners to it at intervals. A famous example of this is the Alexamenos graffito. The charge was likely first used against Jews in Egypt, where donkeys were at some points associated with Set, the murderer of Osiris who is in turn destroyed by Isis. It is first attested in the late first century BC, and was used against Christians extensively in the first and second centuries AD before disappearing almost entirely in the third century. The accusation against the Christians is discussed by Tertullian and Minucius Felix, among other early Christian apologists.Arthur Bernard Cook, in an 1894 article, argued that there had been an ancient Mycenaean cult practising onolatry, citing a fresco depicting donkey-headed figures found near a sacrificial pit and several carved gems apparently showing people wearing donkeys' heads and skins holding sacrificial objects, and further describing the diverse roles asses played in Ancient Greek mythology.Measures 50.29 mm high, 36.79 wide and 34.84 mm deep.Weighs 136.0 grams (4.79 oz) approx. Interesting example I've not seen before.Provenance: Ex London collection gathered in the 1980's. In fine condition, no repair or restoration. A beautiful rare stone sculpture that displays wonderfully and whoever buys this will be extremely satisfied to own such a rare unusual Ancient item.NO RESTORATION PICTURES PROVIDED FOR YOUR OWN APPRAISAL. Thanks for looking.No Restoration!No Hassle!Rapid Postage!International signed for shipping £9.00 EASY PAYMENT METHODS PAYPAL, UK CHEQUE, POSTAL ORDER, OTHER BY ARRANGEMENT.I POST TO ALL WORLD LOCATIONSSPECIAL DELIVERY OPTION (on request) COMES WITH £500 COMPENSATION COVER. Please check other interesting items from my collection that I will be listing over the next few weeksCondition:fine condition, Colour:see photographs, Provenance:see description, Material:Stone, Type:Alter
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Carved Stone Near Eastern Votive Onolatry Alter With Donkey Design 1St Bc - 2 Ad