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Magical gem: Harpocrates sitting on lotus
CBd-Number:
CBd-521
ID-Number:
GB-BM-MMEu_G 416, ΕA 56416
Collection:
GB_London, The British Museum
Inventory:
G 416 (ΕA 56416)
References:
Michel, BM, no. 121; Michel, DMG, no. 19.1.c_2
Former Collections:
Castellani Collection
Material:
jasper, green to black
Dimensions:
13 x 9 x 3 mm
Dating:
3rd c. AD (Michel)
Iconography:
gesture, hand raised to mouth; Harpocrates seated with one leg bent in knee; Harpocrates sitting on lotus flower; plant: lotus buds (2); flail

A: Harpocrates sitting in frontal view on a lotus with the left leg bent in knee; under the flower two lotus stalks with buds. His right hand raised to his mouth, his left holds a flail. Around the figure: pseudo-letters.
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-521
The British Museum Collection database on CBd-521

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CBd-521. 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/521 on 22-05-2022.

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