The CBd
Magical gem in ancient gold mount: Anguipes (A) Horus on lotus flower (B)
CBd-Number:
CBd-1253
ID-Number:
US-NY-MMA-MD_58.12
Collection:
US_New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Department of Medieval Art
Inventory:
58.12
Former Collections:
Hess, Adolph (Lucerne); Hirsch, Jacob (Lucerne); Kalebdjian, Hagob and Garbis (Paris)
Material:
jasper, green and red
Dimensions:
31.3 x 36 (together with the ring hanger: 43,3) mm
Dating:
gem: 2nd c. AD, necklace: 5th c. AD (MET Coll. website)
Iconography:
Anguipes, cock-headed; clothing: mantle; crown, unspecified; flail; gesture, hand raised to mouth; Harpocrates sitting on lotus flower; Ouroboros; plant: lotus buds (2); weapon: armour; weapon: shield; whip
Divine Names & Voces:
vocales; vocales, in pterygoma form; voces, unidentified
Place of discovery:
Rome, Piazza della Consolazione

A: Encircled by an Ouroboros, frontal view of a cock-headed Anguipes, head to right, wearing armour and mantle. Right hand raised high and holding a whip, left hand holding a shield, inscribed: σλ|θρ|σχη. Inscription below the shield: ημουφ. Vocales in pterygoma form below the snake's legs: ωωωωωωω|υυυυυυ|οοοοο|ηηηιιιι|εαε. 
B: Horus as a child sitting with legs drawn up, on a lotus flower with two buds. He is crowned, right hand raised to mouth, left hand holding a flail. Inscription around, beginning at top right: ροηωηυηω|ηηειηαιφρη.
Gold medallion: (d: 56,5 mm, th: 10,5 mm): busts of a man and a woman, facing each other. Above, winged figure clad in a long robe (Jesus Christ? angel?) holding wreaths in his outstretched hands held above the couple.

Bibliography
Age of Spirituality 1979, no. 281
Vikan 1990, 155-156
Draper 2008, 25, nr. 46.
The Metropolitan Museum Collections website on CBd-1253

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CBd-1253. The Campbell Bonner Magical Gems Database (2010-), developed at the Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest, editor-in-chief: Á. M. Nagy. Retrieved from: classics.mfab.hu/talismans/cbd/1253 on 11-12-2017.

Image-ID 4105

Credits The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Rogers Fund, 1958 (58.12)

Rights Images © The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Image-ID 4106

Credits Rogers Fund, 1958

Rights Images © The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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