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Magical gem: Helios driving quadriga (A) Nike slaughtering a bull (B)
CBd-Number:
CBd-1097
ID-Number:
US-NY-MMA-GRA_81.6.297
Collection:
US_New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Department of Greek and Roman Art
Inventory:
81.6.297
References:
Bonner, SMA D. 71; Michel, DMG, no. 38.1_2
Former Collections:
King, Rev. Charles William Collection
Material:
jasper, green and red
Dimensions:
32 x 23 x 4 mm
Dating:
ca. 2nd–3rd c. AD (MM Coll. website)
Iconography:
Helios; clothing: cap, Phrygian; Nike; weapon: dagger; animal: bull; star; rays (4); gesture, greeting; clothing: mantle; whip; globus; quadriga; clothing: tunic
Divine Names & Voces:
Ἀβλαναθαναλβα, palindrome; voces, unidentified

A: Helios standing to front, head, to left, surrounded by four rays, right hand raised in greeting, left hand holding a globe and a whip. Helios, nude except for a chlamys thrown over the left shoulder, stands atop the quadriga, with two horses turning right, two turning left, the pole horses facing each other, between them one wheel of the chariot visible. Inscription round the edge, beginning at the head of the horse on the left: αβλαναθαναλβα → Ἀβλαναθαναλβα-palindrome. Inscription below the baseline – incised at a later (post-antique?) date: τυξευι → unidentified vox. Below: an eight-pointed star.

B: Female figure (Nike) standing to left, in a Phrygian cap, tunic and upper garment floating behind the shoulder, slaughtering a bull with a dagger. As opposed to the common representation of Nike leaping upon the back of the bull, she simply stands beside the animal.

Bibliography
Bonner, SMA on CBd-1097
The Metropolitan Museum Collections website on CBd-1097

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CITE THIS PAGE
CBd-1097. The Campbell Bonner Magical Gems Database (2010-), developed at the Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest, editor-in-chief: Á. M. Nagy. Retrieved from: cbd.mfab.hu/cbd/1097 on 23-05-2022.

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Credits The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of John Taylor Johnston, 1881 (81.6.297)

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Credits The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of John Taylor Johnston, 1881 (81.6.297)

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