The CBd
Bonner 1951 on CBd-557
C. Bonner, Amulets Chiefly in the British Museum, Hesperia 20, 1951, 301-345, 301-345, no. 42.

Obv. Pantheos of elaborate type to front, feet to r. The face is a staring mask, with four indistinct heads of animals projecting from each side. Above, an elaborate headdress, with similar animal heads at each side, supported by horizontal horns (or snakes). There are four wings and four arms, the upper pair of which hold knives, while cobras, short scepters, and other indistinct symbols project upwards from the wrists and upper parts of the arms. Somewhat similar objects are to be seen in the field at each side of the headdress. The lower r. hand holds a scorpion by the tail, and also, apparently, a flail, the staff of which passes behind the back; the l. hand holds a lion by the tail. The figure is ithyphallic and has the tail of a bird. There are tufts on the knees, and the feet are in the form of jackals' heads. Under the feet an ouroboros forms a long cartouche enclosing scarab, hawk, goat, jackal, lion, crocodile, and cobra.
Rev. The long ιαεω-ρalindrome (SMA, p. 204) followed by the words δοται (l. δότε) χάριν Ἡρωνίλλα πρὸς πάντας, "Give Heronilla favor in the eyes of all."
Lapis lazuli set in gold. Upright rectangle, 27 x 22; broad bevel, rev. only 21 x 17. More than any amuletic "pantheos" known to me, this figure resembles that which dominates the reverse of the Metternich stele (Budge, Gods, II, p. 273); Budge takes it to be the aged sun god. The face, however, is less human than the Metternich figure's, and there are other differences of minor importance.
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