Transverse oval, side A lightly, side B more strongly convex. Shape 12c. Light gray, translucent chalcedony with a light brown, translucent layer. Strongly damaged at the edges, bored through at the upper edge and filled with a metal (copper – bronze?) pin.
Ouroboros frame. Hermes and Anubis standing opposite each other, both in kilts. Between them, a stud consisting of two metals (cupper and bronze?). Hermes wears a cap with small wings, he is holding stalks of grain in his right hand, and a falcon-sceptre in his left hand. The jackal-headed Anubis is holding a jug in his right hand and a burning torch in his left hand. Between the gods, at the height of the legs: ιαω|φερεν|φερω → Ἰάω φέρ’ ἕν φέρω. 'Ἰάω fetch one, I am fetching it.'
Three lines of characteres as well as planetary and zodiacal symbols (Taurus, Saturnus, Sagittarius, Sol and Leo).
The gem may have been carved after the drawing of a cast in Chifletius–Macarius, Abrasax, see CBd-2819
. For a similar gem in Staatliches Museum Ägyptischer Kunst in Munich, see CBd-323
Another copy: Devoto–Molayem 1990
, 204 fig. 122 (Michel).
/Description: Erika Zwierlein-Diehl – CBd/
, XII 46.
, 282, 24.1.a_6
, figs. 22, 23.
Zwierlein-Diehl, AGWien III on CBd-2191
, figs. 15, 16.