The CBd
 
 
Magical gem: Solar child on a lotus flower (A) Ἀβρασάξ (B)
CBd-Number:
CBd-4026
ID-Number:
It-PMAN-CGuar_1502
Collection:
IT_Perugia, Museo Archeologico Nazionale dell'Umbria
Inventory:
1502
References:
Mastrocinque, SGG II, no. Pe 5; Vitellozzi 2010b, no. 512
Former Collections:
Guardabassi, Mariano (1823–1880)
Material:
jasper, green and red
Dimensions:
9.2 x 6.7 x 1.5 mm
Iconography:
plant: lotus flower; gesture, hand raised to mouth; Harpocrates sitting on lotus flower; Harpocrates seated with knees drawn up; plant: lotus buds (2); crown, lotus?; flail; crown, hemhem?
Divine Names & Voces:
Ἀβρασάξ

Description: Upright oval, both faces flat. Shape 8–9. Green chalcedony. Little crack to the lower left, side A. Mounted in a gold setting. Previously part of the Guardabassi Collection.

A: Solar child on the lotus. The child is nude, sitting with knees drawn up, to right, upon a lotus flower with two buds. Left hand raised to mouth, right hand bent in elbow and holding a flail. Head topped with the hemhem or lotus crown.
B: Inscription :  αβρασαξ → Ἀβρασάξ.

A praxis known from a papyrus (PGM LXI 1-38) specifies that love charms had to be incised with the image of Horus on a lotus flower and the magical name Abraxas. Pieces with the Horus-scheme used as love charms: CBd-95, CBd-2392.

Bibliography
SGGII, 105, Pe 5.
Vitellozzi 2010b, 413, no. 512

 

Last modified: 2020-12-30 19:14:57
Link:cbd.mfab.hu/cbd/4026
CITE THIS PAGE
CBd-4026. 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/4026 on 22-05-2024.

Image-ID 14118

Credits Photo: Paolo Vitellozzi

Rights © Perugia, Museo Archeologico Nazionale dell'Umbria

Notes Side A and B

Image-ID 12148

Credits Photo: Paolo Vitellozzi

Rights © Perugia, Museo Archeologico Nazionale dell'Umbria

Notes Side A

Image-ID 12149

Credits Photo: Paolo Vitellozzi

Rights © Perugia, Museo Archeologico Nazionale dell'Umbria

Notes Side B

Image-ID 12132

Credits Photo: Attilio Mastrocinque

Rights © Perugia, Museo Archeologico Nazionale dell'Umbria

Notes Side A and B

Image-ID 11569

Credits Photo: Attilio Mastrocinque

Rights © Perugia, Museo Archeologico Nazionale dell'Umbria

Notes Side A

Image-ID 11570

Credits Photo: Attilio Mastrocinque

Rights © Perugia, Museo Archeologico Nazionale dell'Umbria

Notes Side B

Image-ID 11568

Credits Photo: Attilio Mastrocinque

Rights © Perugia, Museo Archeologico Nazionale dell'Umbria

Notes Cast of sides A and B

1
2
3
4
5
6
7
7 image(s) total