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Obverse: Harpocrates in profile to the left, crouching upon the lotus bloom. His left hand is raised to his lips and in his right hand he holds the flail. The lotus plant upon which he sits is composed of the usual central bloom and two smaller, budded stalks; it grows from the top either of an altar or a naos (there seems to be a doorway carved into the base of the pediment which suggests a shrine or naos). to the left of this central subject is the erect lion-headed serpent. Chnoubis; to the right strides an ibis which is attached by means of a stretched cord to one of the budded stalks of the lotus. arranged in the filed above the ibis and Chnoubis, and encircling the elevated Harpocrates, are various animals (badly worn)- three crocodiles, a falcon and crab, two goats and two indistinct falcons. reverse: inscription in two lines.

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Method of acquisition: Bought by Robertson Smith, W., Professor


3rd-4th century A.D.
Circa 200 CE - Circa 400 CE

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Roman Imperial

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Identification numbers

Accession number: CG 498
Primary reference Number: 124576
Gem catalogue number: B 320(CM)
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 20 April 2017 Last processed: Wednesday 25 August 2021

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Antiquities

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