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Magical gem: Ouroboros enclosing Greek inscription and triple-lined pattern (A) Ἰάω (B)
CBd-Number:
CBd-851
ID-Number:
GB-BM-MMEu_G 1986,5-1,154
Collection:
GB_London, The British Museum
Inventory:
G 1986,5-1,154
References:
Michel, BM, no. 493
Material:
serpentinite (green)
Dimensions:
38 x 28.5 x 5 mm
Dating:
4th–6th c. AD? (Michel)
Iconography:
Ouroboros; star; concentric motifs
Divine Names & Voces:
Ἰάω; Ἀθερνεκλησιχ and variants; οροννωφριος; Ἀρχενθεχθα


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A: Ouroboros with head in profile to right, enclosing an octagonal construction with triple lines projecting from the centre (four diagonally, two horizontally). In the centre, at the top, a six-pointed star, below, two hemispheres. Above the image: ιαω → Ἰάω. Inscription around, in two lines, with outer line beginning on the left in the middle: ασθερνεκλησοσοροννωφριοσοσομαραρχενθεχθα → voces including variant of Ἀθερνεκλησιχ, οροννωφριος, Ἀρχενθεχθα, inner line also beginning on the left in the middle: ιουχοορεπεπνυθασμεα – containing names and epitheta for Aphrodite/Hathor and Horus.
B: Inscription upside down: ιαω → Ἰάω.

Bibliography
Michel, BM on CBd-851
The British Museum Collection database on CBd-851
Last modified: 2015-01-13 14:00:14
Link:cbd.mfab.hu/cbd/851
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CBd-851. 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/851 on 04-10-2022.

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