The CBd
Bonner, SMA on CBd-1287
Ruthven 23
Obv. Lower left-hand corner of a design similar to the preceding, Sarapis seated to l. with Cerberus (very crudely indicated) at his feet, a goddess standing facing him, holding a tall torch in r. hand, l. held downward, like the r. hand of Sarapis, over the head of Cerberus. The break has taken away the head, shoulders, and l. arm of the goddess, part of the head of Sarapis and his l. arm, and a figure at r. corresponding to the goddess at l. Below, αθθαβαθ, a formula found elsewhere with representations of Isis with the infant Horus.
Rev. Lower right-hand corner of a design that cannot be certainly reconstructed. What is left shows a draped figure seated, half reclining, on the back of a sphinx which faces r. The head of the human figure is damaged, but seems to look backward to r. over its l. shoulder. It wears a tunic girt at the waist and an overgarment. It is probably Harpocrates, who is shown in a like design on a jasper in the Cairo Museum, published by Barry (Ann. du Serv. 7 (1906), 246, No. 4, and Pl. I, 4). There, however, Harpocrates sits upright. On several coins a nude Harpocrates sits on a sphinx, sometimes to r., sometimes to l. (Dattari 893, 1726, 3464; Poole, Β. M. Cat. Alex. 460). Under this group, ]αβαιμ, i.e. αλδαβαιμ or ιαλδαβαιμ, a magical name of the Highest God in the invocation (apparently Gnostic) in PGM XIII, 153 and 462; see Dieterich (Abraxas, p. 46), who connects it with the Ophite demon Ialdabaoth. On the bevel, ]χωβωχ, the end of the Chabrach formula, which has the numerical value 9999 (see p. 141 f.).
Lapis lazuli. Fragment of rectangular stone; present measurements, 21 X 17 X 3.
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