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Magical gem: Ouroboros enclosing characteres, voces (A) vocales, voces (B)
CBd-Number:
CBd-2188
ID-Number:
AT-Wien-KM_IXB1230
Collection:
AT_Wien, Kunsthistorisches Museum
Inventory:
IXB 1230
References:
Chifletius–Macarius, no. XVII 69; Bonner 1951, no. 63; Zwierlein-Diehl, AGWien III, 2264
Former Collections:
Leopold Wilhelm of Austria, Archduke (1614–1662)
Material:
chalcedony, white to brown/grey
Dimensions:
22 x 19 x 6.5 mm
Dating:
2nd century AD (Zwierlein-Diehl)
Iconography:
Ouroboros; stars (4)
Divine Names & Voces:
Ἀβρασάξ; ωρθμενχινιαμβων and variants; αμουραχθη and variants; αρουαντα; Ἀδωναΐ, variants; Σαβαώθ, variants; σεμεσειλαμ and variants; Ἰάω, variants; Ἀκραμμαχαμαρεί and variants; vocales; Ἰάω; σεσεγγενβαρφαραγγης and variants; Μιχαήλ
Description: Both sides upright oval, convex, lentoid. Shape 1. Light gray chalcedony, intact. The gem is placed in a gilded modern ring.
Already at the Kunsthistorisches Museum in 1806.

A: At top: seven characteres enclosed by a small Ouroboros, head at top to right. Two eight-pointed stars on both sides of the Ouroboros. Inscription in eleven lines: αγωσασαωααωνε|σεμεσειλαμαβρασ|σξζυρτατηακραμμα|κραμμακαμαρισεσε|γγενβαλφαρανγησ||
εμεσειλαμωβλημ|λενιαμβωναρου|ανταμιχαηλα|μοραραχθιφυ|λαξετεμαι||ανω → variant of Ἰάω, variant of Σαβαώ, variant of Ἀδωναΐ, σεμεσειλαμ, Ἀβρασάξ, variant of Ἀκραμμαχαμαρεί, variant of σεσεγγενβαρφαραγγης, variant of ωρθμενχινιαμβων, αρουαντα, Μιχαήλ, variant of αμουραχθη. Φυλάξετε Μαιανω.
B: The first line written continuously: οπιεσωτουαρ → unidentified voces. Then three columns, beginning with ιαω → Ἰάω as akrostichon, then vowels:
col 1, twelve lines: ιαω|αιω|ωαι|ιωα|ωαι||αηε|ηαω|γωε|ωηα|ηαω||εωη|αιη
col 2, thirteen lines: ρεωη|αιη|ηαω|ουω|υηα||εει|αευ|εωι|ωηη|υηα||αια|ηωω|εωω
col. 3, thirteen lines: αφον|τοσ|ηαο|ουη|ηιο||υωυ|εωε|αεε|ιηι|αευ||οαυ|ωυη|ιηη|ειη → voces including vocales.

 See also:
1) Carnelian: CBd-981
2) Haematite: CBd-982
3) Garnet: CBd-2326 King, Gnostics, 289; Smith–Hutton 1908, No. 264.
4) Dark red agate, once Whelan collection: King, Gnostics, 290.
Last modified: 2017-11-28 14:11:03
Link:cbd.mfab.hu/cbd/2188
CITE THIS PAGE
CBd-2188. 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/2188 on 30-09-2022.

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