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Magical gem: Horus as child sitting on lotus, Ouroboros (A) voces (B)
CBd-Number:
CBd-505
ID-Number:
GB-BM-MMEu_G 438, EA 56438
Collection:
GB_London, The British Museum
Inventory:
G 438 (EA 56438)
References:
Michel, BM, no. 105; Michel, DMG, no. 19.1.a_28
Former Collections:
Castellani Collection
Material:
lapis lazuli (blue)
Dimensions:
13 x 10 x 3 mm
Dating:
2nd c. AD (Michel)
Iconography:
Harpocrates sitting on lotus flower; gesture, hand raised to mouth; jewellery: bracelet?; Harpocrates seated with knees drawn up; plant: lotus buds (2); flail; crown?
Divine Names & Voces:
Ἀβλαναθαναλβα, palindrome; voces, unidentified; vocales; χαρ

A: Ouroboros enclosing Horus-Harpocrates seated to left on lotus with one leg bent in knee. His right hand raised to his mouth, his left holds a flail. Baseline indicating primeval mound? On the flower, two buds.
B: Inscribed in five lines: αοχωι|φριξαηωια|ηουλχρχαρ|σλαβλαναθ|αναλβα → voces including vocales, χαρ, Ἀβλαναθαναλβα-palindrome.
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-533, CBd-534.

Bibliography
Michel, BM on CBd-505
The British Museum Collection database on CBd-505

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CBd-505. 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/505 on 03-10-2022.

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