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Magical gem: Harpocrates sitting on lotus (A) voces (B)
CBd-Number:
CBd-515
ID-Number:
GB-BM-MMEu_G 72, EA 56072
Collection:
GB_London, The British Museum
Inventory:
G 72 (EA 56072)
References:
Michel, BM, no. 115; Michel, DMG, no. 19.1.b_26
Former Collections:
Sloane, Sir Hans
Material:
haematite (black)
Dimensions:
17 x 12 x 3 mm
Dating:
3rd c. AD (Michel)
Iconography:
gesture, hand raised to mouth; Harpocrates seated with knees drawn up; Harpocrates sitting on lotus flower; cornucopia; side-lock of youth; crown, unspecified; headband?
Divine Names & Voces:
Ἰάω; Σαβαώθ; voces, unidentified; vocales

A: Harpocrates sitting to right on a lotus with knees drawn up; the lotus flower resembles an Egyptian head-rest. His left hand raised to his mouth, his right holds a cornucopia. A side-lock of youth is falling to his neck; he is wearing a headband and a crown on the top of his head.
B: Inscribed in four lines: [- -]ιθαιουσαβα|[- -]αηωηωιαα|[- -]αηυιαηιαω|[- -]αταιπταη.
C: Belonging to the inscription on the reverse: ωζα → voces including Σαβαώθ, Ἰάω, vocales and 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-515
The British Museum Collection database on CBd-515

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CBd-515. 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/515 on 02-10-2022.

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