The CBd
Bonner 1951 on CBd-630
C. Bonner, Amulets Chiefly in the British Museum, Hesperia 20, 1951, 301-345, 301-345, no. 29.

Obv. Cock headed god standing to front, head to r., nude; whip in raised r. hand, round shield inscribed IAW on l. arm. The arms, trunk, and thighs are human, but the legs end in the feet of a bird. The maker doubtless intended to give the god the feet of a cock, to correspond to the head; but it is perhaps worth remarking that there seems to be an old tradition for endowing uncanny beings with bird's feet. I hope to return to this subject elsewhere.

Rev. αβλαναθανααλβα in five lines. The word is a common palindrome, here with a superfluous alpha, the sixth.

Red jasper. Upright oval, 24 x 17 x 4. Representations of the cock headed god with human legs are rare (but compare the next number), and red jasper is little used for this design, green jasper and haematite being the commonest materials; but I see no reason to doubt the antiquity of this stone.
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