Magical Gem – Getty Museum 83.AN.437.59

Magical Gem, Hematite, A.D. 100–250
Place of storage: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Villa Collection, Malibu, California
Inventory number: 83.AN.437.59
Provenance: unknown
Dimensions: 2 × 1.5 × 0.2 cm (13/16 × 9/16 × 1/16 in.)


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In the upper section of the larger side of the gem we see three deitites: In the middle the lion-headed Chnoubis with a winged goddess at each side, probably Isis and Nephthys.
Underneath the deitites in the lower section is a uterus-symbol with a seven-bitted key.
Deities and uterus-symbel are encircled by a Ouroboros with its head at the top of the gem.

The smaller side of the gem is inscribed with a single vox magica in two lines: ορωριουθ orôriouth

Image source: Getty Museum 83.AN.437.59


Bibliography

Michel, Simone. Die Magischen Gemmen. Zu Bildern und Zauberformeln auf geschnittenen Steinen der Antike und Neuzeit. (Berlin: Akademie Verlag, 2004), p. 335, 54.2.b (GET 50), pl. 70, 3.

Dasen, Véronique. „Healing Images. Gems and Medicine.“ Oxford Journal of Archaeology 33 (May 2014), pp. 180, 182, fig. 2.