Phoenician Scarab in Gold Swivel Mount, 6th-4th Century BC
The Egyptianising form of art can be seen on this Phoenician scarab with the winged sun disc of the Egyptian god Ra-Horakhty being held aloft by two lion-headed men which may be related to the guardian deities known from Achaemenid art. A cicada is between the two lion-headed men. It’s made of dark green glass or jasper.
Classical Phoenician scarabs were made in Phoenicia in the period of the Achaemenid Empire, from the later sixth century to the mid-fourth century BC. Beside the Etruscan, they are the last major production of scarab seals of antiquity. They are made of green jasper, the color probably being of as much importance as their intaglios since it enhances their amuletic value. Most of the 1500 examples known have been found in the west Phoenician (Punic) cemeteries of Carthage in North Africa, as well as the islands of Sardinia and Ibiza, but there are many also from the east Mediterranean. It was long held that all were western products but it is more likely that they were made in the Phoenician homeland. They served as jewelry, as offerings in tombs and sanctuaries, and for their primary function of sealing. Many, such as this example, were given precious metal mounts. The subjects of the intaglios are the most eclectic of any medium of the period. They include Egyptianising (the common stock of Phoenicia for many years), Levantine (more Syrian in style and subject) and Hellenising (mainly following late archaic Greek subjects and styles, whence many have been called Greco-Phoenician).
A diptych for my fanfiction. Tseng and Rufus. I can’t say who’s more sinister. Tseng has his old wounds and Rufus has old sins he didn’t atone. And a conflict between them is just in time when someone hunt Shin-ra men down. It you’re interested, I really burned a picture with Rufus ^_^
♂ Sea Wolf Men : 💝💝💝 ♀ Sea Wolf Women : 💔 ♂ Hellsguard Men : 💘💘💘💘 ♀ Hellsguard Women : 💔
♂ Highlander Men : 💗💗💗💗💗
♀ Highlander Women : 💔 ♂ Midlander Men : 💛💛 ♀ Midlander Women : 💔
♂ Wildwood Men : 💝💝💝
♀ Wildwood Women : 💔 ♂ Duskwight Men : 💛💛 ♀ Duskwight Women : 💔
♂ Seeker Men : 💛💛 ♀ Seeker Women : 💔 ♂ Keeper Men : 💛💛 ♀ Keeper Women : 💔
♂ Plainsfolk Men : 💔 ♀ Plainsfolk Women : 💔 ♂ Dunesfolk Men : 💔 ♀ Dunesfolk Women : 💔
♂ Xaela Men : 💝💝💝 ♀ Xaela Women : 💔 ♂ Raen Men : 💛💛 ♀ Raen Women : 💔
“Well, what can I say? I am a bit into the tall, dark and handsome. Ha All jokes aside there is just something about the Highlanders in particular. Something about their sharp facial structure, dark skin, body structure, and particularly their height. I always enjoyed being able to look at a potential lover in the eye. It is a odd but big turn on for me. Everything about them is just… perfect! *blushes*
Hellsguard gentleman are along a similar line, just the thought being wrapped in a secure embrace with one is exciting.
I know it is petty of me to say, but most others are too short for my preferences. I have a hard time making a connection with someone that cannot look at me at eye level.”