The CBd
Bonner, SMA on CBd-1290
Ruthven 21
Obv. Isis-Tyche standing to front, head to l., on low pedestal, in a shrine like the door of a temple, with lunette above. She wears a tunic and himation, the latter wrapped about her waist and hips, an end falling over her left arm. Atef crown on her head; steering paddle held in lowered r. hand, cornucopia on l. arm. In the lunette, a flying scarab, with the letter A to l., E to r. These are the first two letters of a “pyramid” sequence of the vowels, i.e. one alpha, two epsilons, etc., which is continued on the l. doorjamb, then on the r., and ends with the last three of the seven omegas under the ground line.
Rev. Cobra to r. with atef crown; symbol of Isis as Thermuthis (Roscher, s.v. “Thermuthis”; Ael. N .A. 10, 31). It is encircled with an inscription which begins at the top and goes round it a little more than three times. It is the palindrome beginning Iaeobaphrenemoun (p. 204), with irregularities in the central part, followed by αρπovχvoυφι βριvτατηvωφρι βαωχμημυεω. The elements of the inscription are separated by short slanting strokes, and a wavy line is used to carry the reader's eye over from the last η to the last four letters, which begin a fourth circuit. The words Harponchnouphi Brintatenophri, which have been connected with Chnum (p. 162), are here differently applied.
Chrysolite. Upright oval, 24. Χ 15 X 9, slightly convex on obverse, very convex on reverse.
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