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Historical Archive: 'Abrasax' intaglios and related material
descriptions follow Bonner when possible


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incantation bowl from Seleucia (Iraq), ceramic and paint, 3rd c. BCE-3rd c. CE or 6th-7th c. CE, KM 0000.03.3756
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incantation bowl with Aramaic inscription to protect the woman Ngray from illness and curses, from Seleucia (Iraq), ceramic and paint, 3rd c. BCE-3rd c. CE or 4th-7th c. CE, KM 0000.01.9504
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incantation bowl from Seleucia (Iraq), ceramic and paint, 3rd c. BCE-3rd c. CE or 4th-7th c. CE, KM 0000.01.9503
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egg shell from Seleucia (Iraq) with ink gibberish inscription, possibly to break a curse, 3rd c. BCE-3rd c. CE or 4th-7th c. CE, KM 0000.01.9050
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magical inscription, 1st-2nd c. CE, reverse of Archaic intaglio. Fitz. CG 518. This work has its own page.
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Aphrodite and youth, hematite, 1st-6th c., Kelsey 26086, Bonner 158
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Aphrodite, lapis lazuli, 1st-6th c., Taubman, Bonner 55
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reverse of Aphrodite, lapis lazuli, 1st-6th c., Taubman, Bonner 55
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Cock-headed anguipede, jasper, 1st-6th c., Kelsey 26054, Bonner 172
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Eagle-headed god, reverse of anguipede, jasper, 1st-6th c., Kelsey 26054, Bonner 172
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Crowned ibis, hematite, 1st-6th c., Kelsey 26064, Bonner 47
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Eros and Psyche, blue glass, 1st-6th c., Kelsey 26053, Bonner 76
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Eros and Psyche, green jasper, 1st-6th c., Kelsey, Bonner 161
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Hercules and the Nemean lion, jasper, 1st-6th c., Kelsey 26014, Bonner 109
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Isis and Horus, jasper, 1st-6th c., Taubman, Bonner 31
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Lion trampling a body, figures above its back and facing, hematite, 1st-6th c., Kelsey 26150, Bonner 213
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Lion striding right, crystal, 1st-6th c., Kelsey 26050, Bonner 237
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Lion-headed snake (Chnoubis), chalcedony, 1st-6th c., BM G173
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Lion-headed snake with 7 eggs, serpentine, 1st-6th c., Kelsey 26118, Bonner 91
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reverse of lion-headed snake, serpentine, 1st-6th c., Kelsey 26118, Bonner 91
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Lion-headed god, steatite, 1st-6th c., Kelsey 63.4.8, Bonner 99
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Osiris as mummy with goddesses, jasper set in gold, 1st-6th c., Taubman, Bonner 1
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Rayed serpent with bee, jasper, 1st-6th c., Kelsey 26126, Bonner 93
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Reaper with bird, carnelian, 1st-6th c., Kelsey 26123, Bonner 122
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Reaper, hematite, 1st-6th c., Taubman, Bonner 115
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Rider trampling another figure, hematite, 1st-6th c., Kelsey 26140
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reverse of rider, hematite, 1st-6th c., Kelsey 26140
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Stork with lizard in bill, jasper, 1st-6th c., Taubman, Bonner 307
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Sun god in a quadriga, hematite, 1st-6th c., Kelsey 63.4.16, Bonner 227
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winged Victory, reverse of sun god, hematite, 1st-6th c., Kelsey 63.4.16, Bonner 227
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?Youth wrapped in snake, hematite, 1st-6th c., Taubman, Bonner 221
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2nd-3rd c. magical inscription on an earlier crystal ball, MFAB 50.1315. This object has its own page.
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Abrasax, jasper intaglio, 3rd c., Fitzwilliam. This work has its own page.
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Chnoubis and animals, jasper intaglio, 3rd c., Fitzwilliam. This work has its own page.
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crystal sphere from Årslev grave c.300, Copenhagen, National Museum 8572. This work has its own page.
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curse figure pierced by 13 nails, from a 4th c. assemblage, Egypt, Louvre E27145
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curse figure pierced by 13 nails, from a 4th c. assemblage, Egypt, Louvre E27145
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curse figure pierced by 13 nails, from a 4th c. assemblage, Egypt, Louvre E27145
Fisher, rabbits, stork, etc., green jasper polyhedral bead, CdM M 6118
(Not yet digitized.)
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Roman curse tablet, lead, Mainz Römerpassage 182:16
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Roman curse tablet, lead, Mainz Römerpassage 182:16
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seal matrix or stamp with crocodile god, bone, from Soknopaiou (Dime, Egypt), prob. Roman period, KM 0000.02.1767
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seal matrix or stamp with crocodile god, bone, from Soknopaiou (Dime, Egypt), prob. Roman period, KM 0000.02.1767
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Archangel Michael with cross, hematite intaglio, 5th-6th c., DO 57.68
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reverse of Michael with cross, hematite intaglio, 5th-6th c., DO 57.68
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Archangel Michael with globus cruciger, hematite intaglio, 5th-6th c., Kelsey 26128, Bonner 336
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reverse of Michael with globus cruciger, hematite intaglio, 5th-6th c., Kelsey 26128, Bonner 336
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Orant figure (fragment), hematite, 5th-6th c., Kelsey 26132, Bonner 337
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reverse of orant figure, hematite, 5th-6th c., Kelsey 26132, Bonner 337
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Virgin and Child, black glass, 5th-6th c., Taubman, Bonner 330
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'seal of St. Servatius', jasper intaglio, 10th-12th c. Byzantine, Maastricht, Sint Servaas treasury
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roaming womb with 7 serpents (uterine amulet), 'seal of St. Servatius', jasper intaglio, 10th-12th c. Byzantine, Maastricht, Sint Servaas treasury
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Talismanic brass plaque, prob. Egypt 12th-15th c.: demon, symbols, nonsense inscription. BM