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Magical gem: Harpocrates sitting on lotus (A) voces (B)
CBd-Number:
CBd-513
ID-Number:
GB-BM-MMEu_G 245, EA 56245
Collection:
GB_London, The British Museum
Inventory:
G 245 (EA 56245)
References:
Michel, BM, no. 113; Michel, DMG, no. 19.1.a_17
Former Collections:
Schmidt, C.
Material:
jasper, yellow
Dimensions:
21 x 15 x 35 mm
Dating:
3rd c. AD (Michel)
Iconography:
gesture, hand raised to mouth; Harpocrates seated with knees drawn up; Harpocrates sitting on lotus flower; crown, lotus?; plant: stalk of grain; primeval mound?
Divine Names & Voces:
voces, unidentified
A: Harpocrates sitting to left on a lotus with knees drawn up; under the flower a lotus stalk with a bud and a stalk of wheat. Baseline indicating primeval mound? His right hand raised to his mouth, his left holds a whip. He is wearing a band in his hair; on the top of the head the lotus-crown? Around the figure an inscription beginning below on the left side: αχθυσια.
B: Inscribed in four lines: ασ|ωνι|ασον|ταν → unidentified voces.
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-513
The British Museum Collection database on CBd-513
Last modified: 2020-12-29 21:00:16
Link:cbd.mfab.hu/cbd/513
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CBd-513. 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/513 on 23-05-2022.

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