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Magical gem: Horus as child sitting on lotus
CBd-Number:
CBd-514
ID-Number:
GB-BM-MMEu_G 70, EA 56070
Collection:
GB_London, The British Museum
Inventory:
G 70 (EA 56070)
References:
Michel, BM, no. 114; Michel, DMG, no. 19.1.b_34
Material:
jasper, green to black
Dimensions:
18 x 15 x 3 mm
Dating:
17th–18th c. AD (Michel)
Iconography:
gesture, hand raised to mouth; Harpocrates seated with knees drawn up; Harpocrates sitting on lotus flower; crown?; plant: lotus buds (3); flail

A: Harpocrates sitting to right on a lotus with knees drawn up; under the flower three lotus stalks with buds. Horus’ left hand raised to his mouth, his right holds a flail. On the top of his head a crown? On the left of the figure: αιον αἰών. ’Eternity’. On the right of the figure, with deeper scratches: ιχχχι → palindrome.
B: Plain.

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-514
The British Museum Collection database on CBd-514

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CBd-514. 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/514 on 27-05-2022.

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