GB_Cambridge, Corpus Christi College, Lewis Collection
Henig, Lewis, no. 245; Michel, DMG, no. 19.4_6
jasper, green to black
17 x 13 mm (lower face 15 x 11 mm)
3rd c. AD (Henig)
Harpocrates seated with knees drawn up; boat, papyrus; bird: falcons (3); animal: crocodiles (3); animal: goats (3); scarabs (3); flail; gesture, hand raised to mouth; Harpocrates sitting on lotus flower; plant: lotus buds (2)
Divine Names & Voces:
voces, unidentified; Βαϊνχωωωχ, variants
A: Harpocrates sitting nude, with knees drawn up, to right on a lotus flower with two buds, which rests upon a papyrus boat. Left hand raised to mouth, right hand holding a flail. Around, triads of animals, clockwise from the top: scarabs, falcons , crocodiles, goats.
B: Inscription in six lines: βαινχ|ωωχωι|αωωλω|ρχερσε|νηενε||νθω → Βαϊνχωωωχ, Ἰάω, voces unidentified.
A praxis known from a papyrus (PGM LXI 1-38) specifies that love charms had to be incised with the image of Horus on a lotus flower and the magical name Abraxas. Pieces with the Horus-scheme used as love charms: CBd-533, CBd-534.