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Magical gem: Harpocrates on the lotus, with animals (A) πέπτε, characteres (B)
CBd-Number:
CBd-1242
ID-Number:
NL-Leiden-RMO_GS-01125
Collection:
NL_Leiden, Rijksmuseum van Oudheden
Inventory:
GS-01125
References:
Michel, DMG, no. 19.4.d_2
Former Collections:
Hague, Royal Coin Cabinet
Material:
jasper, green and red
Dimensions:
33 x 20 x 4 mm
Iconography:
Ouroboros; Chnoubis-sign; plant: lotus buds (2); animal: crocodile; scorpions (2); bird: swallows (2); stars (19); gesture, hand raised to mouth; flail; Harpocrates sitting on lotus flower; Harpocrates seated with knees drawn up; scarab, with outstreched wings; concentric motifs; snakes (2); solar disk

Description: Upright oval (almost oblong), both faces straight. Shape 8–9. Greenish brown jasper (heliotrope). Small chip at the edge (right side of the obverse).

A: Harpocrates sitting nude, to left, with knees drawn up, on a lotus flower with two buds. Right hand raised to mouth, left hand holding a flail, head crowned with the solar disk. Above him, a star and a scarab with outstretched wings. Below, a crocodile, to right. On the sides: swallows facing inwards (top), scorpions crawling to top (center), rearing snakes with 'hands' raised in a protective gesture. (For an interpretation, cf. CBd-2.) The scene is encircled by concentric motifs made up of dots and an Ouroboros, head at top to right. Around, in the free field, eighteen stars.
B: Inscription horizontally: πεπτε → πέπτε. 'Digest!' Around: large characteres (bottom right: Chnoubis-sign).

Bibliography
Jonge, CdE, no. 1161.
Maaskant-Kleibrink 1978, 357, no. 1125.
Michel, DMG, 19.4.d_2.
Nagy 2012, comm. ad Bonner IV 60-61
Rijksmuseum website on CBd-1242



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CBd-1242. 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/1242 on 19-05-2022.

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Notes Side A

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