The CBd
Bonner, SMA, 289.



the lion, but lower part of body nowhere shown. Crescent over lion's head, star at r., but damaged. At l., female worshiper facing r., hand to lips.

Rev. Plain.

Haematite. Transverse oval, 17 Χ 10 X 2.

214


Obv. Harpocrates riding goose to l.; ovoid ornament on head, r. hand raised toward mouth, l. holds flail.

Rev. Kρατoυαθ, a name that belongs peculiarly to Harpocrates, probably meaning “the unique child.”

Lapis lazuli. Upright oval, 17 Χ 12 Χ 2.

215


Obv. Harpocrates riding to l. on large bird, more like a hen than a goose. Disk on head, r. hand to lips, l. holding flail.

Rev. Priest in headcloth and long tunic standing to l. holding in both hands a Canopic jar with head of Harpocrates crowned with the atef (?). Below, at l., small altar or pedestal on which a hawk perches; at r., another pedestal with indistinct animal or bird, probably meant for a hawk.

Lapis lazuli. Upright oval, 17 Χ 13 Χ 2. Obv. flat, rev, slightly convex.

216


Obv. Harpocrates as youth, standing to l., nude, r. hand slightly raised towards face, l. arm, holding cornucopia, rests on a short column. R. leg bent, foot propped against column. Hair indicated by coarse parallel strokes. Crude version of a type which is rare on amulets, but known from coins; cf. Dattari 496–497 (Domitian), 1375 (Hadrian).

Rev. vικᾷ ἡ Eἶσις, “Isis conquers.”

Black stone (jasper?), corroded and incrusted. Upright oval, 17 Χ 14 Χ 2.

217


Obv. Harpocrates as youth standing to front, head to l., nude but for chlamys falling behind l. shoulder. Hemhem crown on head; l. hand holds tall staff, r. holds pomegranate. Below at l., a small child holds its r. hand up towards the fruit. This design and those of the three following numbers are derived from the cult statue of Harpocrates (Zeus Kasios) of Pelusium, perhaps through the medium of coins. The relation of the gems and coins to the statue (or statues) is fully discussed in Hesperia, 15, 51–59.

Rev. Ouroboros enclosing two narrow tablets, each of which bears an inscription partly in Greek letters (some reversed), partly in other characters. Between the two tablets, in smaller letters, λααvμω. Outside the ouroboros, round margin, αιαvαχθα αλθμαξα μελαχω αρηακω. The first word is common in magical language, but usually begins a different four‑word sequence.

Red carnelian. Upright oval, 21 Χ 16 Χ 8. Obv. slightly convex, rev. strongly convex.

218


Obv. Harpocrates of Pelusium, nude but for chlamys hanging over l. elbow, and boots, standing to front, head to r., wearing hemhem crown; pomegranate held out in his l. hand, in r., a leafy branch towards which a child below raises his r. hand.

Rev. Plain.

Bluish‑gray limestone. Upright oval, 40 Χ 34 Χ 6. Obv. slightly convex, rev. flat.

219


Obv. Harpocrates of Pelusium, nude, standing to front, head with hemhem crown to l. Pomegranate in l. hand, in r., leafy branch. Below, a child holds his l. hand up towards the god. Coarse work.

Rev. ἡ χάρις.

Black glass paste, corroded. Upright oval, 26 Χ 21 Χ 3.

219A

Corpus Christi College, Cambridge

Obv. Harpocrates of Pelusium standing to front, head to l., nude but for chlamys round shoulders, hemhem crown on head. In his l. hand he holds a pomegranate shoulder high; in his r.




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