The CBd
Bonner, SMA, 311.

passage has been submitted have been unable to read it, and it is possible that magical words of unknown meaning have been written in Hebrew or Aramaic letters.
Limonite. Broad oval, 31 X 28 X 4. Perforated.
Cabinet des Médailles 1400A
Obv. Abraham standing to r., curved knife in hand ready to sacrifice Isaac, who is already lying on the altar. Abraham looks back to see the ram standing in front of a strangely shaped tree. Over the tree, crudely rendered hand pointing downward.
Rev. Plain.
Banded sardonyx. Circular, diameter ca. 22.
Described by E. Babelon (Guide illustré au Cabinet des Médailles, 1900, pp. 37f.) as “intaille chrétienne de la Perse ancienne.” But he speaks of the ram as led by an angel, apparently mistaking the meaning of the strangely stylized tree.
Obv. Abraham, beardless, clothed in tunic and himation, standing to r. With his r. hand he raises a heavy sacrificial knife over his head, with l. he touches the head of Isaac, who kneels, facing him over an altar. Behind Abraham, an angel, of whom only head, arms, and one wing are shown, grasps the lifted knife with his l. hand, and points down with his r. to a ram standing under a small tree. Over this scene, and reversed in relation to it, Abraham's two servants, one of whom holds the saddled pack ass by the bridle.
Rev. Plain.
Carnelian. Upright oval, ca. 23 X 17. Illustration from an impression. Previously published by Furtwängler, Antike Gemmen, I, Pl. 50, 55.
Obv. Surface divided by horizontal line into two unequal divisions. In the upper and much smaller, nothing can be made out except a coiled snake (?), and two stars on the l. side of a vertical, perhaps a tree. On the r., nothing certain.
Below the dividing line a boat moving to r., steersman with double paddle in stern, amidships a taller figure with nimbus and long tunic, hands raised in prayer. In the prow an indistinct figure, of which only the feet are clearly seen; it also seems to lift its hands in prayer. In front of the prow and slightly below it, a man swathed like a mummy with nimbus round head, who is just being swallowed feet foremost by a sea monster with long jaws and snakelike body, but with fins and fish tail. Just behind the boat there seems to be a tree. There is a star at each side of the praying figure's head. The scene represents Jonah cast forth from the ship and swallowed by the sea monster, and an inscription Iωvαv over the prow of the boat makes this clear. Two scenes are represented; first Jonah praying before he leaps or is thrown overboard; then the actual swallowing. The background of the upper part is filled in with various indistinct objects; the effect reminds one of a tapestry.
Rev. In lower part, cock-headed anguipede, head to r., shield dimly outlined, r. arm raised, but neither whip nor any other weapon can be made out. The figure is outlined with grooves that are broken by a succession of points or short transverse lines. Tree and coiling snake on each side level with the upper half of the anguipede, also some indistinct stars and crescents (?). Opposite the lower part of his body two scepters with animal heads and several large and small stars that fill the background.
In the upper third of the stone, which is divided from the lower part, there is a mound like the traditional form of the omphalos, covered with a herringbone pattern; a large star inscribed in a circle and two smaller ones. The rest is indistinct.
Argillaceous schist. Upright oval, ca. 48 Χ 37, broken at upper r. of obverse

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