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Magical gem: Horus sitting on lotus flower (A) Ἀβλαναθαναλβα, σεσενγενβαρ (B)
CBd-Number:
CBd-506
ID-Number:
GB-BM-MMEu_G 170, EA 56170
Collection:
GB_London, The British Museum
Inventory:
G 170 (EA 56170)
References:
Michel, BM, no. 106; Michel, DMG, no. 19.1.b_19
Former Collections:
Praun and Mertens Collection; Eastwood, George
Material:
lapis lazuli (blue)
Dimensions:
17 x 13 x 2 mm
Dating:
3rd c. AD (Michel)
Iconography:
Harpocrates sitting on lotus flower; Harpocrates seated with one leg bent in knee; gesture, hand raised to mouth; primeval mound?; solar disk; plant: lotus buds (2); rays (3); flail
Divine Names & Voces:
Ἀβλαναθαναλβα, palindrome; σεσεγγενβαρφαραγγης and variants

A: Horus-Harpocrates sitting to right on lotus with one leg bent in knee, holding flail in his right hand. His left hand raised to his mouth. On his head a solar disc with three rays. Two buds on the lotus flower. Baseline to indicate primeval mound?
B: Inscribed in four lines: αβλαν|αθαναλ|βασεσεν|γενβαρ → Ἀβλαναθαναλβα-palindrome, part of σεσεγγενβαρφαραγγης.
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-506
The British Museum Collection database on CBd-506

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CBd-506. 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/506 on 22-05-2022.

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