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Magical gem: Anubis on a snake, Ἰάω (A) scorpion, Ἀβρασάξ
CBd-Number:
CBd-4326
ID-Number:
Int-Antiquariumart_5587
Collection:
Int_Art market (Antiquariumart, New York)
Inventory:
5587
Material:
emerald (green)
Dimensions:
22 x 20.3 x 9.7 mm
Iconography:
Anubis; solar disk; scorpion; animal: quadruped, unspecified; animal: baboon; bird, unspecified; snake; weapon: spear; shoes: boots; clothing: kilt/pteryges?; moon, crescent
Divine Names & Voces:
Ἀβρασάξ; Ἰάω

Description: Side A upright oval, side B transverse oval, both faces convex. Green emerald. Intact.

A: Jackal-headed figure (Anubis) in kilt or pteryges (?) and boots, his head to left, right hand holding a spear above the head of a snake that lies underneath his feet. The figure is surrounded with a scorpion, a  small quadruped, a baboon (?). and a bird, as well as the letters ιαω → Ἰάω. 
B: A scorpion framed by the sun to the right, and the moon to the left. Inscription above and below the scene: αβρασ|αξ → Ἀβρασάξ, followed by four vertical notches (reference to the Tetragrammaton?).

For the drawing of a similar design in Chifletius–Macarius, Abraxas, cf. CBd-2867. For an interpretation of the figure as Seth on similar gems, cf. West 2011, 139–140.

Bibliography
Antiquariumart, reasures Antiquarium Ltd, 2019, 47. 

Last modified: 2020-01-28 12:28:48
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CBd-4326. 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/4326 on 25-04-2024.

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Notes Side A

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Notes Cast of side A

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Notes Side B

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Notes Cast of side B

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