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Magical gem: Two phoenixes on column surrounded by animals (A) πέπτε (B)
CBd-Number:
CBd-198
ID-Number:
Wu_Ex-Sarrafian_1
Collection:
Int_Whereabouts unknown
Inventory:
Ex-Sarrafian_1
References:
Bonner, SMA D. 104; Michel, DMG, no. 43.1_11
Former Collections:
Sarrafian Collection, Beyrouth
Material:
haematite (black)
Iconography:
bird: swallows (2); snakes (2); scorpions (2); scarab, with outstreched wings; rays (7); phoenixes (2); nimbus; gesture, protective; animal: crocodile; crabs (2); column; Chnoubis-signs (2)

A: Phoenixes on a column surrounded by animals. At the top: scarab with outstretched wings. Below: two swallows, facing inwards; two scorpions, crawling to top; two crabs from above, crawling towards the column; two rearing snakes turning towards the column with a protective gesture. At the bottom: a crocodile, to right. (For an interpretation, cf. CBd-2.) The phoenix squatting on the column, to left, has no nimbus or rays. The second phoenix, standing above the first one, also to left, is crowned with a nimbus and seven rays. The only version of the legend of the phoenix is known from Horapollo II 57, which relates that the old and the young birds fly together to Heliopolis, where the old one dies (Nagy 2002).
B: In the upper segment, inscription in three lines: π|επ|τε → πέπτε. 'Digest!'. In the lower segment: Chnoubis-signs.

Bibliography
Bonner, SMA on CBd-198
Nagy 2002
Nagy 2012, comm. ad Bonner IV 60-61
 

Last modified: 2019-10-31 21:20:57
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CBd-198. 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/198 on 28-09-2022.

Image-ID 173

Credits from Bonner, SMA