The CBd
Bonner, SMA, 290.



he holds a leafy branch downwards over a child at l. who reaches his r. hand towards it. As in 218, there are no marks of magical use; the specimen is listed because of its relation to the others of the group.

Rev. Plain.

Black jasper. Upright oval, ca. 22 X 17. Good work. The illustration was made from an impression and reversed in printing. Described, but not illustrated, in J. H. Middleton The Lewis Collection, p. 75, No. 177. The interpretation there given is inaccurate; see Hesperia, 15, 56.

220


Obv. Harpocrates of Canopus, a youth to the waist, joined to the body of a crocodile to r., l. hand to mouth, cornucopia on r. arm. Two slight projections from head, resembling short horns, are probably an indication of the skhent, as certain coin types show. Over the crocodile's back, Mεvελ (retrograde), under him, θεός (retrograde), i.e. Mεvελαιτῶv θεός. The stone has no marks of magical use, but, like other representations of divinities, was probably thought to have a protective power. It is cut as a seal. The crocodile is complete but for the head, as on Dattari 901 (Pl. 14), a coin of Trajan, and Feuardent, Numismatique (Coll. Demetrio) 3588, a coin of the Menelaite nome under Antoninus (year 8). On other coins there are only the hind legs and tail of the crocodile, as in B. M. Cat. Alex. 461–463 (Pl. 17), Dattari 6309, 6318 (Menelaite nome). The leaden token, Dattari 6432, seems to be most like the figure on this stone.

Rev. Plain.

Dark green jasper. Transverse oval, ca. 11 X 6. Set in a modern silver ring.

221


Obv. Youthful figure, beardless, standing to l., wearing headcloth, and wrapped from shoulders to knees in close folds resembling the coils of a snake; yet head and tail of the reptile are missing. There is an amusing resemblance to the little “Michelin man” of a well‑known French advertisement. Six lines curve downward from the coils. There are a few non‑Greek characters along the margin at l. and r., and a six‑pointed star made with interlaced triangles at bottom.

The design is discussed at p. 147, n. 45. If the stone is genuine, no satisfactory explanation of it has been offered. If it is a forgery, it is not a recent one; the fact that the edges have been ground down, thus damaging the star and characters, suggests that the stone was worn for some time before it was fitted to a smaller setting.

Rev. Plain.

Bloodstone. Upright oval, 18 X 15 Χ 4. Obv. flat, rev. convex.

Compare Capello, Prodromus Iconicus 212; Chiflet, Pl. 25, 103, is more elaborate and is inscribed on the reverse.

Helios and Other Solar Type


222


Obv. Sun-god with radiate head standing to r., l. arm raised, r. holding whip and garment, which hangs from his forearm. In front, star over crescent.

Rev. Badly cut retrograde inscription, apparently intended for αβρασα.

Chalcedony. Upright oval, 15 X 12 X 6. Both sides convex, the reverse more so.

223

Bonner 31 (formerly Wyndham Cook)

Obv. Sun-god standing to front, head to l. Seven rays on head, a vowel at end of each ray, but ιoυ lost by a chip at upper r. edge. R. hand raised, l. holds orb. The god wears a long tunic, reaching to ankles, with girdle. Upper garment falls behind l. shoulder and




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