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Magical gem: Phoenix on column surrounded by animals (A) πέπτε (B)
Link: classics.mfab.hu/talismans/cbd/2
CBd-Number:
CBd-2
ID-Number:
HU-SzM-Ant_55.154
Collection:
HU_Budapest, Museum of Fine Arts, Classical Collection ()
Inventory:
55.154
Material:
haematite (black)
Dimensions:
31.2 x 14.7 x 4 mm
Dating:
T.p.q.: 121/122 AD (Nagy)
Iconographical elements:
animal: crocodile; bird: swallows (2); Chnoubis-sign; column; gesture, protective; globus; nimbus; phoenix; rays (6); scarab, with outstreched wings; scorpions (2); snakes (2)

Description: Upright oblong, both faces flat. Shape 8c–9c. Haematite.

A:
Phoenix (Horus) with nimbus and six rays around the head, standing to left on a globe (Osiris) placed upon a column. Below, a crocodile, to right; above, a scarab with outstretched wings (representation of the Egyptian sun god in different forms). On the two sides, pairs of animals: swallows facing inwards, scorpions crawling to top, and snakes with 'hands' raised in protection, standing for Isis and Nephthys. Beside the phoenix, a pair of S-shaped characteres (Bonner: worms?).
B: Inscription in three lines: πε|πτ|ε → πέπτε. 'Digest!'. Beneath: Chnoubis-sign.
The magos – the gem – commands the client's stomach in the name of the deity invoked by the images to do what it has to: digest!

Selected bibliography
Nagy 2001
Nagy 2002
Mentioned in Nagy 2004.
Mentioned in Nagy 2011, 79, Pl. 11.
Nagy 2012, comm. ad Bonner IV 60-61

Last modified: 2017-07-13 12:50:27

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