Bonner, SMA – PDF
, D. 274.
B. M. 56489
Obv. Upper half of youthful male figure to front, head turned to l. Seven rays on head, whip in r. hand. L. arm apparently raised and hand held behind neck; or else this is only part of the chlamys, which is fastened below the neck and falls from l. shoulder. In that case the l. arm has been entirely neglected. On the chest four letters arranged thus
Rev. Inscription beginning on bevel at l., encircling the stone, and finishing at the lower center of rev, face: ὁ μείζων τῆς ὑπεροχῆς, ὁ τῆς δυνάμεως ἰσχυρότερος, ὁ τῶν ἐνκομίων κρείσσων μενναθ. With the exception of the unexplained μενναθ, perhaps a secret divine name, these words are from the hymn in Poimandres 31 (Corp. Herm., Lib. 1). See the previous publication of this stone, without illustration, in HTR 25, 362–365.
Brownish-red carnelian. Upright oval, 13 Χ 10. Obv. convex, rev, flat, edeg beveled.
The illustration is from an impression, reversed in photographing.