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Magical gem in a modern gold mount: Snake-headed figure enthroned, holding a baboon (A) Ἀβρασάξ (B)
CBd-Number:
CBd-2485
ID-Number:
AT-Wien-KM_Inv. IX 2024
Collection:
AT_Wien, Kunsthistorisches Museum
Inventory:
Inv. IX 2024
References:
Zwierlein-Diehl, AGWien III, 2241; Michel, DMG, no. 46.4_8
Former Collections:
Graf, W. (Vienna)
Material:
haematite (black)
Dimensions:
14.4 x 12 (si.O.) x 2.5 mm
Dating:
2nd c. AD (Zwierlein-Diehl)
Iconography:
figure, snake-headed; throne; clothing: tunic; solar disk; scepter, unspecified; animal: cynocephalus; gesture, ithyphallic; gesture, greeting
Divine Names & Voces:
Ἀβρασάξ
Place of discovery:
Fayum

Description: Upright oval, both faces flat. Shape 8–9. Haematite. Damaged at the upper register of side A. Set in a modern gold ring with a revolving bezel.
From the Fayum, Egypt. Bought from W. Graf in Vienna in 1907.

A: Snake-headed figure sitting on a throne, to left. The figure is wearing a chiton, head adorned with the solar disk. Left hand holding a scepter, right hand holding an ithyphallic baboon with both paws raised in greeting.
B: Greek inscription in two lines: αβρα|σαξ → Ἀβρασάξ.

Bibliography
Zwierlein-Diehl, AGWien III on CBd-2485
Michel, DMG, 46.4_8.
 

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CBd-2485. 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/2485 on 22-05-2022.

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Notes Side A and B

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Notes Side A

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