The CBd
Magical gem: Anguipes (A) Greek text (B)
CBd-Number:
CBd-2624
ID-Number:
US-Boston-MFA_2000.991
Collection:
US_Boston, Museum of Fine Arts
Inventory:
2000.991
Former Collections:
Int_Art market (Frank Sternberg AG, Zürich)
Material:
jasper, green to black
Dimensions:
18 x 15 mm (MFA)
Dating:
middle of the 2nd–3rd c. AD
Iconography:
Anguipes, cock-headed; weapon: armour; weapon: shield, with Ἰάω; whip
Divine Names & Voces:
vocales, triads of; voces, unidentified; Ἀβρασάξ; Ἰάω; Σαβαώθ, variants

A: Frontal view of a cock-headed Anguipes in armour, head to right. Right hand raised high and holding a whip, left hand hid behind a round shield, which is inscribed in two lines: ια|ω → Ἰάω. Inscription in the free field: ιαω|ε ει|αιω εηι| τ τ → Ἰάω, vocales and triads of vocales.
B: One line of characteres followed by an inscription in five lines: ιαωσαβαωαβρ|σaξηχαρισαμ|πτολεμαιωπ|ροσπαντε|ς → Ἰάω, variant of Σαβαώθ, Ἀβρασάξ, ἡ χάρις AM[---] Πτολεμαίῳ πρός πάντες.  'Iao, Sabaoth, Abrasax; grace for Ptolemy before all!' (The letters AM must be the remains of an earlier name that had been removed from the gemstone before Ptolemy was inscribed on it.)

Bibliography
Sternberg, Auction 35, no. 1282.
Faraone 2013, 332–334, no. 2.
The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston website on CBd-2624

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CBd-2624. 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/2624 on 24-11-2020.

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Image-ID 6992

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Notes Cast of CBd-2624

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Credits Gift of the Estate of Dana Estes, by exchange

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Notes Cast of CBd-2624

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