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Magical gem: Six-armed figure, Greek inscription (A) crowned baboon (B)
CBd-Number:
CBd-987
ID-Number:
GB-BM-MMEu_G 45, EA 56045
Collection:
GB_London, The British Museum
Inventory:
G 45 (EA 56045)
References:
Michel, BM, no. 628; Michel, DMG, no. 21.2.b_7; Chifletius–Macarius, no. XIV 57; Chifletius–Macarius, no. XIV 58
Former Collections:
Towneley Collection
Material:
carnelian (colour unspecified)
Dimensions:
26 x 16.5 x 5 mm
Dating:
17th c. AD (Michel)
Iconography:
clothing, unspecified; shoes, unspecified; torch, burning; snakes (2); animal: cynocephalus; crown, lotus?; torches (4); scepter, unspecified; figure, with multiple arms
Divine Names & Voces:
Ἰάω, variants; αμοιριμοιρριομιριομα, palindrome


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A: Six-armed, bearded figure to front, upper and middle arms holding burning torches, lower arms holding snakes. Three knives or crosses (?) pierced into the eyes and the skull. The figure wears a short robe and shoes. In the free field under the figure, inscription in mirror writing in three lines: αμοιριμορριομιρ|ριομαιιηζιζζζοι|ζυβευμοζ → voces including αμοιριμοιρριομιριομα-palindrome.
B: Cynocephalus in three-quarter view to right, one paw raised and holding a staff (or palm branch?). On the head, a crown (lotus?). In the free field around the baboon, letters in mirror writing: αιω → variant of Ἰάω.

The gem may have been designed after two drawings in Chifletius–Macarius, Abrasax, see CBd-2830 and CBd-2829. For a similar design on a gem in the Skoluda Collection, see CBd-1733.

Bibliography
Michel, BM on CBd-987
Michel, DMG, 359, 21.2.b_7, pl. 92, 628.
http://www.britishmuseum.org/research/search_the_collection_database/search_object_details.aspx?objectid=61797&partid=1&searchText=Michel+2001+628&fromADBC=ad&toADBC=ad&numpages=10&orig=%2fresearch%2fsearch_the_collection_database.aspx&currentPage=1" target="_blank">The British Museum Collection database on CBd-987
Last modified: 2017-08-27 22:57:34
Link:cbd.mfab.hu/cbd/987
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CBd-987. 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/987 on 23-05-2022.

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