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Magical gem: Anubis with snake (A) Greek inscription (B)
CBd-Number:
CBd-1154
ID-Number:
GB-AshMus_1941.223
Collection:
GB_Oxford, Ashmolean Museum
Inventory:
1941.223
References:
Henig–MacGregor 2004, no. 13.6
Former Collections:
Evans, Arthur (1851–1941)
Material:
serpentine (green to black)
Dimensions:
28 x 21.6 x 4.4 mm
Dating:
4th c. AD (Henig - MacGregor)
Iconography:
Anubis; christogram; weapon: dagger; modius; shoes: boots; clothing: mantle; clothing: tunic; crown, lotus?; crown, Isis-; snake; base; star; moon, crescent; object, unidentified
Divine Names & Voces:
Σαβαώθ; Ἀδωναΐ, variants; Μιχαήλ

Description: Upright oval, both faces flat. Shape 8–9. Green serpentine. Intact.

A: Jackal-headed Anubis standing on a base with cross-hatched decoration, head and feet to left. He is wearing boots, tunic and mantle, and is crowned with the Isis-crown, carrying a dagger at his waist. In front of him, on the base, a coiled serpent (Agathodaimon), crowned with a lotus flower (?) and a modius. The right hand of the figure is extended, as if supporting an eight-pointed star, his lowered left hand is holding an unidentified object (Henig: situla; but perhaps a key or ankh-sign). Behind his head, on the right, a crescent open to left. Next to the figure, on the right, the chi-rho sign, with its tall stem placed within a square.
B: Inscription in five lines: σα|βαωθ|αδωνε|μιχα|ηλ →  Σαβαώθ, variant of Ἀδωναΐ, Μιχαήλ.

Bibliography
Henig–MacGregor 2004, 123–124, no. 13.6

 

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CBd-1154. 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/1154 on 21-02-2024.

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