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Hematite intaglio: Mummy of Osiris

Period:
Imperial
Date:
ca. 2nd–3rd century A.D.
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Hematite
Dimensions:
Other: 7/8 x 1 1/8 in. (2.2 x 2.9 cm)
Classification:
Gems
Credit Line:
Gift of Miss Helen Miller Gould, 1910
Accession Number:
10.130.1393
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 169
Mummy of Osiris carried on the back of a lion, accompanied by Anubis and flanked by two winged goddesses (Isis and Nephthys), inscribed around margin: bainchoooch abrasax, and on reverse two lines of characters with the seven Greek vowels in order
Inscription: On obv. round margin bainchoooch abrasax (in Greek letters);
on rev. two lines of characters; under them, the seven Greek vowels in order
Bonner, Campbell. 1950. Studies in Magical Amulets, Chiefly Graeco-Egyptian, University of Michigan Studies, Humanistic Series, Vol. 49. no. 8, p. 254, pl. 1, Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.

Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae (LIMC). 1981. Vol. 1: Aara-Aphlad. "Abraxas," p. 5, no. 54, pl. 13, Zürich: Artemis Verlag.

Kossatz-Deissmann, Anneliese, Brigitte Servais-Soyez, Fulvio Canciani, Giovannangelo Camporeale, Hans Peter Isler, Ingrid Krauskopf, Odette Touchefeu-Meynier, Marcel Le Glay, and Dr. Jean-Charles Balty. 1992. Kentauroi-Oiax, Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Vol. 6. Nephthys, no. 3a, Zürich: Artemis Verlag.

Kossatz-Deissmann, Anneliese, Brigitte Servais-Soyez, Fulvio Canciani, Giovannangelo Camporeale, Hans Peter Isler, Ingrid Krauskopf, Odette Touchefeu-Meynier, Marcel Le Glay, and Dr. Jean-Charles Balty. 1994. Oidipous-Theseus, Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, Vol. 7. Osiris, no. 19, Zürich: Artemis Verlag.

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