The CBd
Magical gem: Harpocrates sitting on lotus (A) αρπονχνουφι-logos (B)
CBd-Number:
CBd-520
ID-Number:
GB-BM-MMEu_G 257, EA 56257
Collection:
GB_London, The British Museum
Inventory:
G 257 (EA 56257)
References:
Bonner 1951, no. 32; Michel, BM, no. 120; Michel, DMG, no. 19.1.c_1
Former Collections:
Rollin & Feuardent (auction house, 1867–1953)
Material:
jasper, green to black
Dimensions:
18 x 13 x 2 mm
Dating:
3rd c. AD (Michel)
Iconography:
flail?; gesture, greeting; Harpocrates seated with one leg bent in knee; Harpocrates sitting on lotus flower; plant: lotus buds (2); primeval mound?; rays (7); rays, double; side-lock of youth
Divine Names & Voces:
vocales; vocales, αεηιουω; Ἰάω, variants; Λαϊλαμ and variants; σεμεσειλαμ and variants
Logoi:
αρπονχνουφι-logos

A: Harpocrates sitting in frontal view on a lotus with the left leg bent in knee; under the flower two lotus stalks with buds. Baseline indicating primeval mound? His right hand raised in a greeting gesture, his left holds a whip. A long side-lock of youth is falling to his neck; nimbus and seven double rays around the head. Around: vocales: αεηιουω → The Greek vowel series.
B: Inscribed in eleven lines:
αρχ|ενχνου|φιβριντα|τηνωφριβ|ρισκυλμαβ||ρισκυλμω|ιαηωλαιλα|μψσεμεσι|λαμψδει|χαριντηι||υρουαι → variant of the αρπονχνουφι-logos, vocales, variant of Λαϊλαμ, variant of σεμεσειλαμ. δὸς χάριν τῇ Ζυρουᾳ. (S. Michel). 

A praxis known from a papyrus (PGM LXI 1-38) specifies that love charms had to be incised with the image of Horus on a lotus flower and the magical name Abraxas. Pieces with the Horus-scheme used as love charms: CBd-533, CBd-534, CBd-1386

Bibliography
Bonner 1951 on CBd-520
Michel, BM on CBd-520
The British Museum Collection database on CBd-520
 

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CBd-520. 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/520 on 16-11-2019.

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