C. Bonner, Amulets Chiefly in the British Museum, Hesperia 20, 1951, 301-345
, no. 53.
Obv. At r., woman seated to l. with infant lying on her knees; the ankh, or sign of life is seen just beyond and slightly over her head, and she is probably supposed to be holding it up. Facing her, man in long tunic to knees or slightly below. At l., tree under which an animal, probably meant for a lamb, looks back towards the group. The scene seems to be a crude representation of the Nativity.
Rev. Large ankh, or crux ansata, with εἷς θεός written downwards at r., ἐν οὐρανῷ at l. For this inscription, see E. Peterson, Heis Theos
, pp. 261 f.
Brown stone, not identified. Broad upright oval, 33 x 29. Chipped at top of obverse. The work is not a true intaglio, the design being merely outlined with incisions. For the technique, compare SMA
, Pl. 18, 332 /CBd-1503/. Described, without illustration, by Budge, Amulets and Superstitions
, pp. 129-130.