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Magical gem: Aphrodite and Ares (A) pseudo-inscription (B-C)
CBd-Number:
CBd-483
ID-Number:
GB-BM-MMEu_G 406, EA 56406
Collection:
GB_London, The British Museum
Inventory:
G 406 (EA 56406)
References:
Michel, BM, no. 83; Michel, DMG, no. 5.3_2
Former Collections:
Blacas Collection
Material:
haematite (black)
Dimensions:
17 x 18 x 2 mm
Dating:
3rd c. AD (Michel)
Iconography:
Aphrodite anadyomene; weapon: armour; weapon: helmet; clothing: mantle; moon, crescent; weapon: shield; weapon: spear; stars (4); Ares, Mars ultor-type
Divine Names & Voces:
Ἰάω; Ἀβλαναθαναλβα, variants; Σαβαώθ?

A: On the left: Aphrodite standing to front, wearing a mantle and wringing out her hair. On the right: armoured male figure (Ares) standing to front, facing left. He is wearing a helmet on his head, and holding a shield in his right hand, in his left hand a long spear. Between the two figures’ heads: a crescent and three eight-pointed stars underneath. Another eight-pointed start at Aphrodite’s feet, on the left.
Inscriptions: on the left side of Aphrodite: ιαω. Above Ares' head: ι. In the field: ωθ → Perhaps: Ἰ<άω>, <Σαβα>ώθ.
The right side of the gem is broken, on the right side of Ares the fragment of another inscription.
B: Unintelligible pseudo-inscription in five lines.
C: ωαθαναλβ → variant of Ἀβλαναθαναλβα-palindrome?

Bibliography
Michel, BM on CBd-483
The British Museum Collection database on CBd-483

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CBd-483. 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/483 on 17-05-2022.

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