A Gold Lamella with a Greek Inscription in the Brigham Young University Collection
Gold Lamella, Lamella, Early Christianity
In 2006 the Harold B. Lee Library at Brigham Young University acquired a number of artifacts from a pri- vate collection in California.2 Among the various items obtained was a small gold lamella that contained a four line inscription written in Greek; it is rectangular in shape and measures 3.0 cm (H) x 5.5 cm (W) with writing widthwise. There are no symbols or designs on the piece. Paleographically the inscription is difficult to date with much precision since the writing sample is very small and does not contain any specific letter peculiarities that signal a specific date. However, it may be noted that the letterforms on the amulet closely resemble the letterforms on a few amulets written on various lamellae (gold, silver, copper and bronze) that date between the first and third centuries A.D.3 Therefore, a date between the first and third centuries A.D. seems most likely. Regrettably, the piece is without prov
Original Publication Citation
“A Gold Lamella with a Greek Inscription in the Brigham Young University Collection.” Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik 177 (2011): 166–168.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Blumell, Lincoln H., "A Gold Lamella with a Greek Inscription in the Brigham Young University Collection" (2011). Faculty Publications. 3441.
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