formula (p. 141
f.) followed by the name Iao.
Haematite. Upright oval, 20 X 17 X 3.
Obv. Ibis to l. wearing atef crown. More careful work than usual.
Rev. Key, bit with two notches, elaborate bow, encircled with spiral inscription (to be read from outside inward),
The first word is the magical name of the planet Hermes (Mercury); see p. 196
Haematite. Upright oval, 17 X 13 X 2.
Obv. Youthful god standing to l., nude except for a chlamys wound about his left shoulder and upper arm, the end hanging down. Uncertain object in his extended right hand; perhaps meant for a patera. Leafy branch over left shoulder. Perhaps Apollo with laurel branch; but the design on the reverse would suggest that it is meant for Hermes.
Rev. Ibis to l., atef crown on head, caduceus held under wing. Inscription Δαρυvγω on bevel; the secret planetary name of Hermes (p. 196f).
Limonite. Upright oval, 23 Χ 19 Χ 3.
Obv. This side seems to have been once engraved with some design, perhaps never finished, then roughly ground down until nothing remained of the carving. This can hardly be the effect of weathering, for the reverse is well preserved.
Rev. Ibis to l.; on head, a rough suggestion of a crown (an irregular triangular mass); under the wing, caduceus. Round the edge, beginning at r., Λαρυγω (for Δαρυvγω).
Limonite. Upright oval, 18 X 14 Χ 3.
OTHER EGYPTIAN GODS
Obv. Youthful male figure, nude, ithyphallic, standing to r.; two plumes on head. R. hand, raised, is supposed to hold flail whip, which, however, is not in actual contact with the hand; l. hand held against chest. Apparently a late survival of the type of Min, at this period probably identified with Horus. Round uppermargin, σαλαμαξας.
Rev. Four lines of writing; (1) a broken letter, two characters, iota; (2) ]θκλαιω; (3) λφoι.; (4) π
Steatite. Almost circular, lentoid, reverse slightly more convex than obverse. 16 X 15 X 7. Reverse chipped.
Wrongly described as Isis in the Catalogue of the Wyndham Cook Collection, 249.
A. B. Cook (formerly Wyndham Cook)
Obv. Animal-headed goddess, fully dressed, standing to front, head to l., probably Thueris (Taurt), the goddess with hippopotamus head, who protects pregnant and nursing women (Erman, Religion, pp. 146 f.). Previously interpreted as Heket, an ancient frog-headed goddess of fertility and resurrection, whose appearance at this period would scarcely be expected (Erman, op. cit., p. 341; Budge, Gods, II, 136, 378). The folds of the garment are arranged in a peculiar manner. In her r. hand the goddess holds a scepter with an animal's head and with sprouts projecting from the sides; in her l., the ankh. Small disk between horns on head. Inscription behind, ovoπυvoηλδ. Star and alpha at lower l.
Rev. Cock with unnaturally long neck standing to l. Its body is covered (or replaced, for the creature is a monster) by a circle or globe with A in center, behind which a long staff or lance is held. Meaningless inscription beginning at top ιαγγvσχιωvvι.ιιv σεσευιεπιατα, followed by a star and a disk. Another disk at r. of the cock's feet.
Chalcedony. Upright oval, 26 X 18. Obv. flat, rev. slightly convex.
Catalogue of the Wyndham Cook Collection, 251, Pl. 9.
Obv. Ram-headed god (Chnum?), nude, standing to r. on pedestal. R. hand