Magical gem: Solomon spearing Lilith (A) σφραγὶς θεοῦ, Chnoubis-sign (B)
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CBd-Number: CBd-789
ID-Number: GB-BM-MMEu_G 1986,5-1,2
Collection: GB_London, The British Museum ()
Inventory: G 1986,5-1,2
References: Michel, BM 431; Michel, DMG 44.1.d_5
Former Collections: Ogden Collection
Material: haematite (black)
Dimensions: 35 x 22 x 3 mm
Dating: 4th c. AD (Michel)
Iconographical elements: animal: horse; Chnoubis-sign; clothing: mantle; clothing: tunic; crown, unspecified; gesture, defensive; gesture, lying; Lilith; shoes, unspecified; Solomon; star; weapon: spear
Names & Voces: voces, unidentified; Σολομών

A: Rider on a rearing horse to right (Solomon). He is wearing boots, tunic, mantle and a crown in his hair, and stabbing a woman lying on the earth with a spear held in his right hand. The woman has long hair and is raising her right hand in a defensive gesture (Lilith). In the free field: an eight-pointed star in front of the head of the rider.
Inscription around: σολομων|σεσγιατ → Σολομών, unidentified voces. 
B: Inscription in three lines: σφρα|γισθε|ου → σφραγὶς θεοῦ. 'Seal of God.' Characteres including the Chnoubis-sign.

Bibliography
Michel, BM on CBd-789
The British Museum Collection database on CBd-789

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