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magical gem / amulet

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    OA.9940

  • Description

    Magical gem; amulet; limonite; broken suspension loop; engraved on obverse: sainfice of Abraham; on reverse: ankh; inscribed.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 5thC
  • Production place

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 34 millimetres
    • Width: 31 millimetres
    • Thickness: 6 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        reverse
      • Inscription Language

        Greek
      • Inscription Content

        ΕΙC ΘΕΟC ΕΝ ΟΥΡΑΝW
      • Inscription Translation

        εἷς θεός ἐν οὐρανῷ
        one God in heavens
  • Bibliography

    • Michel 2001 461 bibliographic details
    • Spier 2007 664 bibliographic details
  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1887

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number

    OA.9940

  • Additional IDs

    • 1887,0427.2 (Egyptian Reg.No)
    • 56469 (Egyptian Big Number)
    • G469 (Burns Gnostic Gem Number)
Magical gem; pendant; black/brown serpentine; leaf-shaped; engraved on obverse: altar table from which grow three schematic flowers, above a star; to left, an ibis, to right a snake; below an inscription; on reverse: rayed and nimbed figure of Chnoubis to left.

Magical gem; pendant; black/brown serpentine; leaf-shaped; engraved on obverse: altar table from which grow three schematic flowers, above a star; to left, an ibis, to right a snake; below an inscription; on reverse: rayed and nimbed figure of Chnoubis to left.

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