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Magical gem: Characteres in Ouroboros, Greek inscription (A) Greek inscription (B)
CBd-Number:
CBd-982
ID-Number:
GB-BM-MMEu_G 1986,5-1,147
Collection:
GB_London, The British Museum
Inventory:
G 1986,5-1,147
References:
Chifletius–Macarius, no. XVII 69; Michel, BM, no. 623
Former Collections:
Ogden Collection
Material:
haematite (black)
Dimensions:
43 x 36 x 7 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; αρουαντα; αμουραχθη and variants; ωρθμενχινιαμβων and variants; Μιχαήλ

A: At the top: Ouroboros with head to right, enclosing seven Greek letters: ζξε|πσυε. On the two sides of the Ouroboros: four eight-pointed stars. Inscription in eleven lines: 
αγωσασαωααω|νσεμεσειααμαβρα|εσξζυρραγηακραμα|κραμμλκαμαρισσε|γγενβααφαρανγησ||
εμεσσιααμωβαημε|ενιαμβωναρουαν|ταμιχαηλαμορ|ασλχειφυλασ|ετεμαιαv||νω → voces including vocales (1), variant of σεμεσειλαμ, variant of Ἀβρασάξ (2), variant of Ἀκραμμαχαμαρεί (3-4), variant of σεσεγγενβαρφαραγγης (4-5), variant of σεμεσειλαμ, variant of ωρθμενχινιαμβων (6-7), αρουαντα (7-8), Μιχαήλ (8), variant of αμουραχθη (8-9), φύλασσετε Μαιανω ? (9-11).
B: Inscription in eleven lines: 
οντεσωτ|ουαριαωρ|εωηλφονα|ωραιητοσωα|ιμαωαηαοι||
ωλουηαηιοα|λπειυωασεε|ωηαωηνιφιη|λωηααεψσει|σμηαιην||σιη → voces including chiefly vocales.
Post-antique. Copy after Chifletius–Macarius XVII 69. See also:
1) Carnelian: CBd-981
2) Haematite: 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.
Michel, BM on CBd-982
http://www.britishmuseum.org/research/search_the_collection_database/search_object_details.aspx?objectid=60685&partid=1&searchText=Michel+2001+623&fromADBC=ad&toADBC=ad&numpages=10&orig=%2fresearch%2fsearch_the_collection_database.aspx¤tPage=1" target="_blank">The British Museum Collection database on CBd-982

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CBd-982. 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/982 on 04-10-2022.

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