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Magical gem: Harpocrates in papyrus boat (A) voces (B)
CBd-Number:
CBd-1392
ID-Number:
US-NY-MMA-GRA_81.6.295
Collection:
US_New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Department of Greek and Roman Art
Inventory:
81.6.295
References:
Bonner, SMA D. 197; Michel, DMG, no. 19.3.d_6
Former Collections:
King, Rev. Charles William Collection
Material:
jasper, green and red
Dimensions:
18 x 15 x 3 mm
Dating:
ca. 2nd–3rd century AD (MM Coll. website)
Iconography:
Harpocrates seated with one leg bent in knee; Harpocrates sitting on lotus flower; flail; gesture, hand raised to mouth; gesture, orant; animal: cynocephalus; plant: lotus buds (2); boat, papyrus; birds (2)
Divine Names & Voces:
Ἰάω, variants

A: Nude Harpocrates sitting to right on a lotus flower with two buds, which is positioned on a papyrus boat. Harpocrates is represented in three-quarter view, his right hand holds a flail, left hand raised to mouth, right leg extended, left leg bent in knee. Facing him inside the boat on the right, a cynocephalus with paws raised in adoration. Birds perch at the two ends of the boat (Bonner: siren on the left end).
B: Inscription in two lines: ιωθ|ιαωθ → voces including Ἰάω.

Bibliography
Bonner, SMA on CBd-1392
The Metropolitan Museum Collections website on CBd-1392
 

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CBd-1392. 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/1392 on 27-05-2022.

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Credits The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of John Taylor Johnston, 1881 (81.6.295)

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Credits The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of John Taylor Johnston, 1881 (81.6.295)

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Credits The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of John Taylor Johnston, 1881 (81.6.295)

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Credits The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of John Taylor Johnston, 1881 (81.6.295)

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