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Magical gem: Harpocrates sitting on lotus (A) vox (B)
CBd-Number:
CBd-509
ID-Number:
GB-BM-MMEu_G 537, EA 56537
Collection:
GB_London, The British Museum
Inventory:
G 537 (EA 56537)
References:
Goodenough, JS, III, no. 1102; Michel, BM, no. 109; Michel, DMG, no. 19.1.a_26
Material:
magnetite (black)
Dimensions:
15 x 12 x 4 mm
Dating:
3rd c. AD (Michel)
Iconography:
Harpocrates seated with legs extended; Harpocrates sitting on lotus flower; plant: lotus buds (2); gesture, hand raised to mouth; cornucopia; flail; headband
Divine Names & Voces:
Ἰάω; voces, unidentified
A: Horus-Harpocrates sitting to left on a lotus flower with legs hanging down, under the flower two stalks without buds. Small baseline. He is wearing a headband on his head, his right hand raised to his mouth, his left holds a flail and a cornucopia. Around the figure: letters; on the left side of the figure: ι, on the two sides of the lotus stalk: αω → Ἰάω.
B: Inscribed in two lines: ηυν|τε → unidentified vox.
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-509
The British Museum Collection database on CBd-509
Last modified: 2020-12-29 20:55:38
Link:cbd.mfab.hu/cbd/509
CITE THIS PAGE
CBd-509. 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/509 on 27-05-2022.

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