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Magical gem: Skeleton on lion-biga, Greek inscription
CBd-Number:
CBd-2141
ID-Number:
DE-Berlin-Aeg_9885
Collection:
DE_Berlin, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Ägyptisches Museum
Inventory:
9885
References:
Philipp, Mira et Magica, no. 188; Michel, DMG, no. 55.7_1
Former Collections:
Stosch, Philipp von, Collection
Material:
haematite (black)
Dimensions:
29.1 x 23 x 4 mm
Dating:
turn of the 2nd–3rd c. AD (H. Philipp)
Iconography:
skeletons (3); biga; animal: lions (2); whip; gesture, lying
Divine Names & Voces:
voces, unidentified; σεμεσειλαμ and variants

A: Skeleton driving a biga drawn by two lions. Right hand holding a whip, left hand holding the reins. The lions trample over another skeleton lying on the ground, feet stretched out, arms beside the body. On the right, a further skeleton is standing or sitting(?). Inscriptions in the free field, on the biga and on one skeleton. Above the biga, in four lines: ανιθουερριθουηροι|ειφενεεχαννεβι|νεχειμεχελ|αμθιι → unidentified voces; χειμεχελαμ → variant of σεμεσειλαμ? In the free field behind the biga, in two lines (vertically): βαθθη|θμυωθενρ. On the biga (vertically): φνθε|αμουν; on the left wheel (vertically): ωα; on the right wheel: ια|υι|α. Under the bellys of the lions, in three lines: ερφ|μισηε|μ characteres. Under the lying skeleton, in two lines: ιφωσιννεμ|ερθ. Between the lions and the skeleton on the right side, in two lines (vertically): ουνορ|ιυα. Under the claws of the lions, in two lines: ιν|θ. On the standing(?) skeleton, in seven lines: εν|π|ε|σεχ|νμ||νε|φιχ; under its legs: υλουχ?]. On the right side, in the free field (vertically): ιθουμνοσ?].
B: Plain.

Bibliography
Philipp, Mira et Magica on CBd-2141
Michel, DMG, 55.7_1.

Images
Cast of CBd-2141 obverse  in the Gem Impressions Collection of Cornell University Library
 

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CBd-2141. 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/2141 on 29-09-2022.

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Credits by Attilio Mastrocinque

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Credits by Margarete Büsing

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Notes from Philipp, Mira et Magica

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Credits by Margarete Büsing

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Notes from Philipp, Mira et Magica

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Notes Cast preserved in the Gem Impressions Collection of Cornell University Library

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