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Magical gem: Phoenix on crocodile (A) πέπτε (B)
CBd-Number:
CBd-1237
ID-Number:
Fr-BnF-CdM_AA.Seyrig.5
Collection:
FR_Paris, Cabinet des Médailles
Inventory:
AA.Seyrig.5
References:
Bonner, SMA D. 105; Michel, DMG, no. 43.1_5; Mastrocinque 2014, no. 150
Former Collections:
Seyrig, Henry (Beirut)
Material:
haematite (black)
Dimensions:
31 x 12 x 4 cm
Iconography:
phoenix; scarab, with outstreched wings; snakes (2); scorpions (2); bird: swallows (2); animal: crocodile; nimbus; rays; Chnoubis-sign?


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Description: Upright oblong (?) gem, both faces flat. Shape 8–9. Haematite. Much of the edges broken off and missing. Acquired in Beirut.

A: Phoenix with elongated neck and legs, standing to left on a crocodile, its head crowned with a nimbus and rays. Above, a scarab with outstretched wings. On each side of the phoenix, swallows facing inwards, scorpions crawling to top, and rearing snakes, with ’hands’ raised protectively. (For an interpretation, cf. CBd-2.) Besides the feet of the bird, notches to indicate the Chnoubis-sign?
B: Vertical inscription in one line: πεπτε → πέπτε. 'Digest!'

Bibliography
Bonner, SMA on CBd-1237
Nagy 2012, comm. ad Bonner IV 60-61
Mastrocinque 2014 on CBd-1237

The Cabinet des Médailles database on CBd-1237

Last modified: 2019-11-04 21:46:18
Link:cbd.mfab.hu/cbd/1237
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CBd-1237. 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/1237 on 27-05-2022.

Image-ID 10050

Credits Photo: A. Mastrocinque

Rights © Bibliothèque nationale de France, Cabinet des Médailles

Notes Side A and B

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Credits From Bonner, SMA

Rights © Paris, Cabinet des Médailles

Notes Side A

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