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Magical gem: Erotes, procession (A) Greek inscription (B)
CBd-Number:
CBd-850
ID-Number:
GB-BM-MMEu_G 111, EA 56111
Collection:
GB_London, The British Museum
Inventory:
G 111 (EA 56111)
References:
Michel, BM, no. 492
Material:
serpentine (green to black)
Dimensions:
34 x 29 x 4.5 mm
Dating:
4th–6th c. AD? (Michel)
Iconography:
scorpion; garland; rod; Ouroboros; boat; star; fish; bird, unspecified; figure, winged; Erotes (2); scepter, unspecified


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A: Surface divided into four horizontal registers. At the top: two flying Erotes carrying a garland, with an eight-pointed star above, and untransliterated letters below. In the second register, a procession of eight figures towards a structure built of short, x-shaped lines. The figures touch each other on the shoulder, the first one carries a staff. In the third register, on the left, a winged figure in profile to left. Facing him: a bird holding a fish in its beak, tied to a rod held by a figure sitting in a boat on the right. Around the figures: untransliterated letters and signs. In the lowest segment: a scorpion from above, head to left, with untransliterated letters and signs around it.
B: Enclosed within an Ouroboros, head to left, underlined, untransliterated (Arabic?) inscription in six lines.

Bibliography
Michel, BM on CBd-850
The British Museum Collection database on CBd-850
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CBd-850. 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/850 on 02-10-2022.

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