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Magical gem: Ares, Tantalos-historiola (A) womb, voces (B)
CBd-Number:
CBd-754
ID-Number:
GB-BM-MMEu_GR 1928,5-20,1
Collection:
GB_London, The British Museum
Inventory:
GR 1928,5-20,1
References:
Michel, BM, no. 383; Michel, DMG, no. 28.12.a_4
Material:
haematite (black)
Dimensions:
38.5 x 25 x 4 mm
Dating:
3rd c. AD (Michel)
Iconography:
Ares, Mars ultor-type; uterus, in the form of an amphora; weapon: armour; weapon: helmet; weapon: shield; weapon: spear; shoes: boots
Divine Names & Voces:
voces, unidentified; Σαβαώθ, variants; vocales, αεηιουω; Ἀδωναΐ, variants


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A: In the free field at bottom left, frontal view of Ares, head to left, right hand raised and leaning on a spear, left hand lowered beside the body and holding a shield. The figure wears armour, helmet, boots and chlamys. To the right of the image, inscription in eleven lines arranged in pterygoma form:
διψαστανταλαιεμαπι[.]|ιψαστανταλαιεμαπιε|ψαστανταλαιεμαπιε|αστανταλαιεμαπιε|στανταλαιεμαπιε||
τανταλαιεμαπιε|ανταλαιεμαπιε|νταλαιεμαπιε|ταλαιεμαπιε|αλαιε[..[πιε||λαι[.]
→ διψᾷς Τάνταλε, αἷμα πίε. ’If you are thirsty, Tantalos, drink blood.’
B: Uterus in the form of an amphora, framed by snake-like lines. Inscription around. At the top, in one line: αδωνοε, vertically, beginning top right: ιθαδωα; vertically, beginning top left: σαβαωαεηιουω → voces including variant of Ἀδωναΐ, Σαβαώ and the Greek vowel series.

Bibliography
Michel, BM on CBd-754
The British Museum Collection database on CBd-754
Faraone 2009, 253, No. 4.

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CBd-754. 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/754 on 29-09-2022.

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