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Magical pendant: Holy rider, angel (A) Jesus Christ, inscription, characteres and lion (B)
US_Ann Arbor, University of Michigan, Kelsey Museum of Archaeology
Bonner, SMA D. 324
diameter: 54 mm
animal: horse; animal: bull; Jesus Christ; star; angel; clothing: mantle; cross; crab; weapon: spear; rider, holy; nimbus; animal: lion; bird: eagle
Divine Names & Voces:
A: Nimbate rider on a rearing horse to right, in mantle, stabbing a monster (Bonner: in the form of a lioness with the head of a woman) with a spear held in his right hand. In front of the rider, angel with nimbus. There is a cross and a pennon at the top of the rider's spear. Above, a star over the angel's head. In the free field, on the left: εισθσονικοντακακα → εἷς θ(εὸ)ς ὁ νικ{ο}<ῶ>ν τὰ κακά.  'The sole God, who overcomes evil.'
Inscription around the margin: οκατοικονενβοηθιατουυψιστουενσκεπητουθυτουουρανουαυλισθισεταιεριτοκω → ῾Ο κατοικ{ο}<ῶ>ν ἐν βοηθ<ε>ίᾳ τοῦ ὑψίστου ἐν σκέπῃ τοῦ θ(εο)ῦ τοῦ οὐρανοῦ αὐλισθήσεται. ἐρ<ε>ῖ τ{ο}<ῷ> κ(υρί)ῳ. "That is, the first verse of Psalm 91 and three words of the second" (Bonner). 'He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord'.
B: Above, in an oval frame, Jesus Christ enthroned. At the sides, the symbols of the four evangelists: on the left, the angel and the ox; on the right, the eagle and the lion. Inscription below: αγιοσαγιοσαγιοσκσσαβαωθ → ἄγιος ἄγιος ἄγιος κ(ύριο)ς Σαβαώθ. 'Holy, holy, holy, Lord Sabaoth.' Below, characteres, and at the bottom, roaring lion to right. In front of the lion, a crab and a cross.  Inscription around the margin: σφραγισθυζοντοσφυλαξοναποπαντοσκακουτονφορουντατοφυλακτηριοντου → σφραγὶς θ(εο)ῦ ζ{ο}<ῶ>ντος. φύλαξον ἀπὸ παντὸς κακοῦ τὸν φοροῦντα τὸ φυλακτήριον τοῦ<το>. 'Seal of the living God. Protect the wearer of this amulet from all evil.'

Bonner, SMA on CBd-1497
The Kelsey Museum Artifacts Database on CBd-1497
Last modified: 2015-03-24 17:25:00
CBd-1497. The Campbell Bonner Magical Gems Database (2010-), developed at the Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest, editor-in-chief: Á. M. Nagy. Retrieved from: on 21-02-2024.

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