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Magical gem: Characteres in Ouroboros, Greek inscription (A) Greek inscription (B)
CBd-Number:
CBd-981
ID-Number:
GB-BM-MMEu_G 276, EA 56276
Collection:
GB_London, The British Museum
Inventory:
G 276 (EA 56276)
References:
Chifletius–Macarius, no. XVII 69; Bonner 1951, no. 64; Michel, BM, no. 622
Former Collections:
Towneley Collection
Material:
carnelian (colour unspecified)
Dimensions:
22 x 18 x 6 mm
Dating:
17th c. AD (Michel)
Iconography:
Ouroboros; stars (4)
Divine Names & Voces:
σεσεγγενβαρφαραγγης and variants; vocales; Ἀκραμμαχαμαρεί and variants; σεμεσειλαμ and variants; Ἀβρασάξ, variants; Μιχαήλ


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A: At the top: Ouroboros with head to right, enclosing seven Greek letters and characteres. On the two sides of the Ouroboros: six-pointed stars (top) eight-pointed stars (bottom). Below: inscription in mirror writing in ten lines: αγωσλωαλωνσ|σσμεσιααμλβρ|ασσξζυρρλτηλκρλμ|λκραμμλκαμλρισσε|ιτενβλλφλρανγη||
σσμσσιλλλμωεν|λμμλινμωιιεων|αρουλντλμιχ|ληληλαωο|ξααλχσ →  voces including variant of σεμεσειλαμ, variant of Ἀβρασάξ (2-3), variant of Ἀκραμμαχαμαρεί, variant of σεσεγγενβαρφαραγγης (4-5), variant of σεμεσειλαμ (6), αρουαντα (8), Μιχαήλ (8-9), vocales (9).
B: Inscription in mirror writing in fifteen lines: ρνεσωτουλρ|ιλωρεωηλφον|λιωλιητοσ|ωλιμλωηλο|ιωλουωουη||
ωλιυηληιο|ληιεειυωυ|ηληλευεωλ|τηεεωιλεε|ωηλωηνιιφτ||ηαωυηλλψ|σμηλιλολψ|λιηηιωωψη|ιωωιηη|ωι → voces including chiefly vocales.
Post-antique. Copy after ChifletiusMacarius, Abraxas XVII 69. See also: 
1) Haematite: CBd-982
2) Chalcedony: CBd-2188
3) Garnet: King, Gnostics, 289; , No. 264.
4) Dark red agate, once Whelan collection: King, Gnostics, 290.

Bibliography
Chifletius–Macarius, Abraxas, XVII 69. 
Bonner 1951 on CBd-981
Michel, BM on CBd-981
http://www.britishmuseum.org/research/search_the_collection_database/search_object_details.aspx?objectid=61095&partid=1&searchText=Michel+2001+622&fromADBC=ad&toADBC=ad&numpages=10&orig=%2fresearch%2fsearch_the_collection_database.aspx&currentPage=1" target="_blank">The British Museum Collection database on CBd-981
Last modified: 2017-09-18 15:58:53
Link:cbd.mfab.hu/cbd/981
CITE THIS PAGE
CBd-981. 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/981 on 06-02-2023.

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