The CBd
Magical gem: Horus as child in papyrus boat (A) Ἰαεω‑palindrome (B-C)
CBd-Number:
CBd-544
ID-Number:
GB-BM-MMEu_G 513, EA 56513
Collection:
GB_London, The British Museum
Inventory:
G 513 (EA 56513)
References:
Michel, BM, no. 145
Former Collections:
Chester, Greville John (1830–1892)
Material:
haematite (black)
Dimensions:
11 x 16 x 2 mm
Dating:
3rd c. AD (Michel)
Iconography:
boat, papyrus; gesture, hand raised to mouth; Harpocrates seated with knees drawn up; Harpocrates sitting on lotus flower; kerykeion?
Logoi:
Ἰαεω‑palindrome

A: Harpocrates sitting to right on a lotus flower(?) in the middle of a papyrus boat. The god’s knees are drawn up, his left hand raised to his mouth, his right holds a kerykeion(?). 
B: Second part of the inscription on the edge:  θιλ|αρικρι|φιαευε|αιφιρκιρα|λιθονχο||ορενεω|αωθμ.
C: On the edge, beginning at the top: ιαεω[.]αφρενεμ[..]νο → Ἰαεω‑palindrome.
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.

Bibliography
Michel, BM on CBd-544
The British Museum Collection database on CBd-544

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CBd-544. 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/544 on 17-11-2018.

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